Dating violence is a growing social epidemic, even for teens. And one DeKalb County School District (DCSD) senior is speaking out about it in a very creative, impactful way.
In response to a “Stop Teen Dating Violence” Public Service Announcement contest by the DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s office, DeKalb High School of Technology student Jordan Alexander wrote, directed, produced, and filmed a compelling depiction of teen dating violence.
Her contest entry, “Girls Do It Too,” not only shines a glaring spotlight on teen violence but does so from the unexpected angle of female-initiated abuse.
“We’re so impressed with Ms. Alexander’s diverse depiction of relationship bullying,” says DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling. “Ultimately, we want everyone to know that dating violence, regardless of age or gender, is wrong. We want to empower our teens to get help for themselves or anyone who might need it. Jordan’s video does just that.”
In a special ceremony on March 29, Coleman-Stribling joined contest co-sponsor, The Day League (formerly DeKalb Rape Crisis Center), to honor Jordan, her parents, teachers, principal, friends, and community members. Representatives from the contest business sponsors, Cinderella Gowns and The Men’s Wearhouse, presented Jordan with a “Prom Prize Package” that included gift certificates for a $350 prom dress, a $250 tuxedo, limo service, and dinner for two.
DCSD joins Jordan and the Office of the DeKalb Solicitor-General to encourage any teen who is aware of or experiencing dating violence to reach out to www.loveisrespect.org, call the hotline at 1-866-331-9474, or text “LOVEIS” to 22522 for assistance.