Ntarupt’s “Choices Not Chances” Consent Campaign Launched during February 2022 Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Following The Commemoration of the New “Christine Blubaugh Act”
DALLAS – North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (NTARUPT), the leading teen pregnancy prevention non-profit in North Texas, announces the public awareness “Choices Not Chances” consent campaign helping to raise awareness among teens despite its absence as a required topic in the new requirements for Texas sex education.
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Statistically, one in 10 teenagers will experience some sort of dating violence from a partner between the ages of 12 and 19. This Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, South Grand Prairie High School commemorated the new “Christine Blubaugh Act”, which went into effect in December. The Texas legislature also passed the law requiring Texas public schools to now provide age-appropriate education on topics, including dating violence, domestic violence and child abuse so that students understand healthy relationships and are prepared to recognize warning signs. However, the legislature also made this education subject to a parental opt-in.
“Twenty-one percent of females, and ten percent of male high school students who date have experienced physical and/or sexual dating violence,” says Terry Goltz Greenberg, CEO of Ntarupt. “Research shows that during the pre-teen and teen years, it is critical for youth to begin learning the skills needed to create and maintain healthy relationships. It is vital that schools teach inclusive, medically accurate sex ed and consent. And as we continue to fight this good fight, Ntarupt will arm the public, young people and their caregivers with resources to help them better control what happens to them. We want to ensure teens know that setting boundaries with friends and partners is important and that it is okay to get help, especially if they have experienced trauma.”
The zip codes with the highest teen birth rates in Dallas County are 75203, 75212, 75220, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75219, 75227, 75228. 75240, 75172, and 75231. The Ntarupt powered sex ed resource TalkAboutItDallas.com has launched the 2022 “Choices Not Chances” consent campaign, a hyper-local sex education public awareness effort. Reaching the community where they are, 21 DART buses are displaying the sex education “Choices Not Chances” consent campaign messages in and around these zip codes now through March.
Film & Cash Prizes – Ntarupt’s 7th Annual Student Film Contest
To ensure teens get their say on the topic, Ntarupt is proud to announce the theme of its 2022 Student Film Contest in which the organization is asking teens to submit a film answering the question, “What does consent look like to you?” Submission deadline is March 7, 2022 – click here to learn more. Ntarupt will award prizes to high school student film contest winners:
- 1st Place – $1000
- 2nd Place – $ 750
- 3rd Place – $ 500
- School Dept. of the winner’s school – $500
Ntarupt uses a sexual health curriculum that covers healthy relationships, consent and refusal skills. Now, most of this information will be required in curriculum state-wide. Ntarupt’s collaboration with Texas is Ready, www.texasisready.org, equips school districts to select curricula that include these important topics, and provides resources for parents to be ready to sign the school required opt-in forms.
Ntarupt Education Team Lead Erica Wilson emphasizes that lessons in consent can start even before pre-teen years, “Many of our teens call consent ‘giving permission.’ So think about it, in preschool children have animal crackers and they learn to share. One of the first things that is taught is to always ask before taking something or borrowing something from someone; children don’t realize they are learning the basic fundamentals of what consent is. It’s not too early to learn how to give consent, receive consent and clearly refuse.”
For help with reporting dating violence, contact the Family Place hotline 214-941-1991, and check out love is respect, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (Ntarupt) (https://www.ntarupt.org/) is the sole organization in North Texas committed to bringing together community resources for both parents and teens with a focus on teen pregnancy prevention and sexual and reproductive health, which it has been doing since its inception in 2014. “Talk About It Dallas” (www.TalkAboutItDallas.com) is an online resource from Ntarupt with funding provided by The City of Dallas, The United Way Ground Floor, and various private and public donations. Follow and engage with Ntarupt on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and Talk About It Dallas on Facebook and Instagram.
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