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by Rayana Godfrey 

On Tuesday, Caroline Miller, along with Youth Radio and other Youth Relationship Alliance partners, proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The proclamation took place at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting. Though the meeting was relatively small, the events that took place were monumental for teens and adults.


 
 
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By: Chris Pressley

Cheating is a very questionable and confusing topic. Just about everybody has their own meaning of cheating.  Some people think doing small things with someone other than your partner isn't cheating, while others may say doing big things with someone other than your partner is cheating.  I also have my own concept of what cheating is. I think cheating is basically doing almost anything you have to hide from your partner or wouldn’t do in front of your partner.


 
 
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By: Ivana

The right and wrong ways of breaking up with someone, I believe it all depends on the type of approach you decide to use.  Some people break up the wrong way and can hurt someone simply because of the way they go about it. It may be better to tell a person slowly instead of instantly just saying “it’s over”. A person may not know how to take a break up if it seems blunt and so unexpected. By telling your partner the reasons as to why you want to break up will make the process better. 


 
 
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By: Davina

February 1st until February 29th marks teen dating  violence awareness month. Some teens express there feelings to their partners in different ways. In this case some teens use violence to express their feelings. 



 
 
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_By: Melody

Everyone knows and can see that celebrities have a lot of power over their fans. Whether it’s sports teams, superheros or singers, media plays a huge role in society. However, what if you read "Dude, Chris brown can punch me in the face as much as he wants to, just as long as he kisses it (:"


 
 
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By: Melody

People like love songs because they are easy to relate too. This is why artist like to sing about love and heartbreak. They’ll say things like, “I can’t breath unless you’re next to me” or “I’ll die if without your love”. Love can really be a life and death matter, but only Rihanna will repeatedly sing about guns and love.


 
 
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By: Melody

What was the message you got from Rihanna’s new single ‘Man Down’? The message she sent to me was she’s a strong woman, don’t mess with her. Whether that was the statement she wanted to make, that’s what I got from it. If you haven’t seen the video, Rihanna gets raped and shoots the guy who did it. Some think she’s sending the wrong message, that she’s promoting violence and revenge.


 
 
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Legislature Adopts Resolution for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Lets Dating Violence Education Bill Die

Sacramento, June 8, 2011—On June 6th, the Senate adopted ACR 29 (Bonilla) designating February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Advocates acknowledged the importance of the state’s recognition of this serious problem, even as they questioned why the legislature had allowed a teen dating violence education bill to die in committee on May 27th.


 
 
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By: Melody

When you picture a victim, you usually picture someone weak, somewhat fragile. Or maybe you picture a strong survivor, someone who has overcame obstacles and is ready for anything. When it comes to domestic violence, most people picture a female being abused. Not only does society picture a helpless girl, it is usually assumed that they did something to deserve the beating. But what could someone have possibly done wrong to get hit by someone who claims to love them?


 
 
by BOM Ambassador