As part of the focus on Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February, the Independence House Teen Program has set an event in motion that will engage teenagers across Cape Cod to be leaders among their peers in the campaign to end dating violence.
“Let Your Voice Be Heard” is a call for teenagers to write and perform original music with provided guidelines. The lyrics of the song must be inspired by spreading awareness of teenage dating violence and reflect a pledge about being the change they wish to be among their peers and in the community about healthy relationships, respect and transforming social norms.
Contest submissions will be accepted through March 2 in the form of a video performance. All videos will be set up on a voting page hosted by Cape Cod Broadcasting Media (CCBM), the contest’s main sponsor, and the public will vote to determine the final contestants. Finalists will perform their entry live at the Cape Cod Community Media Center on March 31st during the finale when winners will be determined. Master of Ceremonies for the event is Cat Wilson, local disc jockey and ‘That Girl in the Morning’ on CCBM’s Cape County 104, and host of Ocean 104.7 “The Cheap Seats”, a show dedicated to promoting local and original music. Numerous prizes will be awarded and the grand prize winner will receive a professional recording of their winning song from Seasound Recording Studios.
Contest information, including entry form and guidelines, can be found on both the IndependenceHouse.org website as well as IndependenceHouseTeens.org, a dedicated website that also provides confidential live‐chat assistance through smart devices to teenagers needing help with their own personal dating relationships.
Teen Dating Violence includes patterns of abuse from an intimate dating partner that may include emotional, physical, verbal, sexual and digital abuse. The number of high school students nationally who experience a form of teen dating violence each year exceeds 1 million students. Approximately 75 percent of students have never had a conversation with a parent about domestic or sexual violence.
Independence House offers counseling, advocacy and assistance for teenagers who question their dating relationships. Independence House also reaches students across Cape Cod by educating on primary prevention practices that promote safe and healthy relationships by facilitating the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) curriculum in nine Cape Cod high schools. The curriculum includes education on teen abuse, how to spot warning signs, and how to be an active bystander. As part of the “Game Change” partnership with the Attorney General’s (AG) Office and The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, Independence House is also part of a more‐in‐depth training for staff, parents and administrators from 30 high schools across the State chosen by the AG’s office.
Independence House, Inc. is Cape Cod’s leading resource, counseling and advocacy center to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence. To learn more about Independence House, visit www.independencehouse.org and the dedicated teen website at www.independencehouseteens.org.