February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
The Erin Levitas Foundation's work to reduce sexual violence will support healthy future relationships as children become teens and adults. Children can be subject to violence at all ages and that violence can negatively impact their future. If a child has seen violence in their home, or has been a victim of violence, studies show that they are more likely to be violent and not truly understand its harmful effect. Just as a child might grow up in a safe home where she is kissed goodnight and tucked in, another child may grow up seeing or experiencing violence and have a harder time understanding that it is wrong. Programs like the Erin Levitas Initiative at UM Law (Levitas Initiative) help teach children, no matter their experience, how to be a part of and identify a healthy relationship.