Respect Rx Offers Teen Advocates a Free Workshop for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Oct.)

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Youth organizations can enter to win a Respect Rally and lead a Respect Basics workshop this month to help teens bolster their self-respect and break the cycle of disrespect like domestic and dating violence.

My first memory in life is of my mother holding me up as a human shield to get my dad to stop beating her--I was just 2-years-old

More than 15.5 million children in the United States live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year. And 1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, leading social venture, Respect Rx, is offering teen advocates a free leader's guide for its groundbreaking workshop: The Respect Basics. The interactive workshop teaches teens how to build self-respect and inspires them to break the cycles of disrespect. In addition, this month schools and organizations can enter to win a free Respect Rally, which thousands of teens around the country have participated in to spread respect for all.

Based on her own survival of domestic violence, Courtney Macavinta, Respect Rx founder and author of the best-selling book, Respect: A Girl's Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed (Free Spirit, 2009), leads transformative programs for teens and young adults.

"My first memory in life is of my mother holding me up as a human shield to get my dad to stop beating her--I was just 2-years-old," says Macavinta. "I later learned that both of my parents grew up in homes where domestic violence was the norm. Now our mission is to make 'respect for all' the new status quo."

After attending a Respect Rx program, teens say* that they better understand the fundamentals of respect:

  • 98% of teens understood the difference between respect and disrespect (up from 51% prior to Respect Rx program).
  • 94% said they feel more comfortable setting boundaries and speaking up (up from 70%).
  • 73% understood how to create respect in their relationships (up from 39%).

*Based on survey of 500 teens.

Throughout October, non-profit organizations and schools can download the free Respect Basics workshop and enter to win a free Respect Rally at:

About Respect Rx:
Respect Rx coaches teens, advocates and organizations to boost self-respect, relationship respect and respect for all through the Respect Basics. Respect Rx and our best-selling book for teen girls and young women, RESPECT, have been featured by CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, USA Today, National Public Radio, and in Glamour, Mothering, Teen Vogue and other media outlets. Respect Rx has partnered with national organizations including Girls For A Change, Girls Scouts of the USA, the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, Girls Inc., The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and others.

Caroline Rustigian Bruderer

Dick Weaver

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