Teens learn to stand up to dating violence because of a dare

Cornerstone Crossroads Academy and Linda Jobe Middle School students benefit from one woman’s dare to make the world better

February 24, 2014 — According to loveisrespect.org, one in three teens in the US is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a partner. Perhaps even more shocking, only 33{18491fa3714fea8d08d95590ffb001d1ade5097a5805c7edbc7ff5963444cfd9} of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a campaign that aims to increase awareness of what dating violence is and how we can work together to end it.

Tuesday, February 25, students at Cornerstone Crossroads Academy in Dallas and Linda Jobe Middle School in Mansfield ISD will hear a presentation from Janeé Hill about tough love in which they will learn how to stand and not quiver. Not only will the students learn how to face potentially tough situations in dating, they will also learn one of the key ingredients to facing any challenge in life; standing up for what you believe in.

As a domestic abuse survivor herself, this is a topic Janeé knows something about.

But it isn’t her past, exactly, that will bring Janeé to the schools this week. Janeé’s presentations to the students are the result of a dare; one of 40 dares she vowed to act on before her 40th birthday later this month.

“I decided I wanted change the world, but in a fun way,” says Janeé.

So Janeé put a call out to local non-profits and via a Facebook page asking people to dare her to make a difference. She put no limitation on the dares except that they had to make some kind of positive social impact.

SafeHaven of Tarrant County answered the call.

“Janeé has supported SafeHaven of Tarrant County for many years, so we are thrilled to be a part of her 40 Dares project,” said SafeHaven CEO Mary Lee Hafley.  “Reaching teens is a crucial piece of ending domestic violence, and Janeé’s has a unique way of blending her personal story with her talents as a motivational speaker that allows her to reach that group in a way that not a lot of people can. ”

In addition to the projects with SafeHaven, some of the dares Janeé has completed include spending half a day in a wheelchair to raise awareness for Disabled Crime Victims Assistance, boot camp with the Men of Nehemiah, and going without makeup for a day to promote beauty from within just to name a few.

For more information on Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, visit teendvmonth.org

Tuesday’s Events:
Cornerstone Crossroads Academy | 2815 South Ervay Street, Dallas, TX 75215 | 9 a.m.
Linda Jobe Middle School | 2491 Gertie Barrett Road | Mansfield, TX 76063
Three 45 minute presentations beginning at 1:45. Ending at  4:10 p.m.
Photo and video opportunities available