Area students spend holiday teaching about abusive relationships

G.E.T. students teach fellow students for Valentine's Day

Area high school students are celebrating Valentine’s Day by protecting their peers.

G.E.T. students are teaming up with New Horizons to raise awareness about teen dating violence. It’s part teen dating violence awareness month.

Their goal is educate students about unhealthy relationships. This can include controlling partners, demeaning behavior, and physical violence.

Often times these kind of things are overlooked by young couples.

“They don’t see what’s actually happening they don’t see the warning signs. They don’t know what’s going on, and sometimes even the controlling partner doesn’t even know what they’re doing they just assume it’s a normal thing,” said G.E.T. High School Senior Zach Miller.

On Friday students were handing out bracelets to help put an end to dating violence. They say sometimes the hardest part is letting someone know there is a problem.

“There’s a lot of violence in the county. You’d be surpassed how many victims there are and how many people speak out. Our services are completely confidential, our focus is keeping them safe,” said New Horizons Sexual Assault Advocate Nikki Berg.

On Saturday New Horizon’s is hosting its 1-billion and rising event at Valley View Mall. The global movement raises awareness about domestic violence.

They will have a booth set up at Macy’s in the mall from 10 a.m. until 2 in the afternoon.