The Be Project: Empowering Youth to be part of the solution to end relationship violence

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Raise awareness and be a part of the solution.

Summer Leadership 2020


TEKS (Texas Essential Knowlege and Skills) are the minimum standards that K-12 education must meet in each subject area. The Health TEKS, which cover information regarding sexual edcation and healthy relationships is being updated for the first time in over 20 years! Click HERE to learn about the summer leadership group, our inititative that advocates for specific areas of reform in the Health TEKS that will positively influence students in sexual education and healthy relationships.


What is teen dating violence?


Teen dating violence: the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal/emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in a dating relationship.


It is a pattern of behavior that one partner exerts over the other for the purpose of establishing and maintaining power and control.


Key characteristics:

  • One person repeatedly threatens to or actually acts in a way that verbally, physically, emotionally or sexually injures their partner;
  • The hurtful behavior is done more than once or repeatedly; and
  • One person is afraid of and intimidated by the other.


Click HERE to learn about types of abuse.




  • Nearly 1 in 3 teens who have been in relationships have experienced the most serious forms of dating violence and abuse including sexual abuse, physical abuse, or threats of physical harm to a partner or self.
  • 1 in 3 teens reports knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped or physically hurt by their dating partner.
  • 2 in 5 tweens (ages 11-14) in relationships know friends who have been verbally abused –called names, put down, or insulted – via cell phone, IM, social networking sites (like MySpace and Facebook), etc.
  • 57% of teens know someone who has been physical, sexually, or verbally abusive in a relationship.
  • Only 33% of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.


Get Involved


There are lots of ways to get involved and show your support as an Upstander, even if it’s not during Stand Up Week November 12-17th. If your school isn’t currently involved in bullying or relationship violence awareness activities talk to an administrator or ask a teacher for help and support! Here are some ideas about things you or your school can do to spread awareness about bullying or teen dating violence. No matter how small or large, all efforts make a difference!


Click HERE to learn more about how to get involved.




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The Family Place
Domestic Violence Hotline


Dallas Area Rape Crisis Hotline


Love is Respect
Dating Violence Textline
text “loveis” to 22522


The Trevor Lifeline
A hotline for LGBTQ teens


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline