Could Your Teen Be A Victim Of Dating Violence?
Approximately 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the US were intentionally hit or otherwise physically harmed in the last year by someone they were romantically involved with. Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior. Teens who have been abused hesitate to ask for help because they do not want to expose themselves or are unaware of laws surrounding domestic violence.
Remote Control is a highly interactive performance that addresses the issues associated with relationship violence and bystander intervention. Remote Control explores the relationship between three characters: Josh and Amy, who are dating, and their male friend Darryl, who becomes an involved bystander. Using an imaginary remote control device. Darryl – as the narrator – stops, rewinds, and replays various scenarios while the actors incorporate the audience’s observations and suggestions into the action of the play. Remote Control encourages bystander intervention and shows how bystanders and friends can play an important role in preventing abuse.
Through a grant from the Westford Education Foundation, all eighth graders at Blanchard and Stony Brook Middle Schools will see a performance of Remote Control during the school day. Stony Brook’s performance took place April 5, and Blanchard’s will happen on April 11. Then, the Westford Parent Connection will host a parent presentation on Wednesday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Stony Brook. This event is free and open to the public and is appropriate for parents, guardians, and teachers. The performance and post-performance discussion will focus on how to do the following:
§ Define and identify the different types of abuse
§ Recognize the early warning signs of an abusive relationship
§ Learn how to help someone in an abusive relationship
§ Understand the importance of the role of the bystander
§ Identify local resources and reporting options
Remote Control is a production of Deana’s Educational Theater (DET), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. DET was founded in 1994 by the family and friends of Deana Brisbois, a victim of dating violence. For more information about the program, go to http://www.deanaseducationaltheater.org/. Both the Westford Education Foundation and the Westford Parent Connection are independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, as well. Check out http://wefweb.org/ and http://www.westford.org/wpc/ for more details. For all other questions, contact Mary Anne Seraphin at email@example.com.