Friday, February 2, 2018

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Did you know?
February is Teen Dating Violence
Awareness Month

We at the Holman Library are dedicated to helping you - the students. Most of the time that means that we help support your learning...maybe you just use the computers in the Information Commons, or maybe you just use the space (i.e. sleeping in the comfy chairs in the back between classes). Or maybe you get tech help at the desk, or you work with the librarians to find sources for your research. Maybe you just check out course reserves or other books...

However you use the library, we want you to know that we want to support you in any way you can - whether it's something small like getting help creating an in-text citation or something more connecting you with critical information and community resources that can help make your life easier. Whatever it is, we're here for you.  

February, with Valentine's Day smack in the center, is known often as a month of love. But just go online or watch any news or television program and you can see examples of how we are often short on love...we need more of it. 

So this month, we wanted remind you that it's also a month about unrequited, or un-returned love, such as the "love" found in abusive relationships. February isn't all hearts and flowers...sometimes it's violence and abuse. While it's a depressing topic, it's a real one - February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. 

We certainly hope that you find yourself in a real-life fairy tale...a true "and they lived happily ever after" kind of love. We wish this for your friends and family too, for we all deserve love and kindness. But if that isn't the case, and sometimes it's not, please know there is help...and hope! 

If you, or someone you know might be in an abusive relationship - reach out! There is help to be found! Stop by the reference to a librarian...see the current book/poster display in the library. There you can find books, both fiction and non-fiction, on the topic of dating violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. You can also read about what dating violence can look like...what the signs are...and where you can go to get help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - completely confidential and anonymous! 

We hope that the only stress you face as a student comes from all the homework you have, but if it isn't, please know, we're here for you! 

Here are some free resources that might help! 

On Campus: 
Online or on the phone:
Online sources of information:

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