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Media Alert: Annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month Rally taking place at the California State Capitol

Press release

Media Contact: Jessica Merrill                                      February 13, 2017
Mobile: (707) 330-6838

Sacramento, CA – On Tuesday, February 14th at 11 a.m., the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence will gather with advocates, youth, legislators, and allies at the West Steps of the Capitol to affirm a commitment to ending adolescent dating abuse in California. A diverse group of 10 speakers will discuss strategies to strengthen healthy relationship support for young people, including campus policies for high schools and middle schools. The rally will take place on Orange Day, a nation-wide occasion for people to wear orange to increase awareness of dating abuse, which affects one in four teens each year.[1]

What: Annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month Rally   

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Where: California State Capitol

             West Steps


  • Kathy Moore, Executive Director, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
  • WEAVE Violence Prevention Interns, Hiram Johnson High School
  • Darrel Woo, Board Member, Sacramento City Unified School District
  • Gina Buccieri-Harrington, Assistant Director, California Office of Emergency Services
  • Ashleigh Klein-Jimenez, PreventConnect Project Manager, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Senator Connie Leyva
  • Assemblywoman Catharine Baker
  • Phuong-Thao MacLeod, Teen Dating Violence Prevention Advocate
  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson


  • Inspiring remarks from youth, advocates and legislators
  • Colorful poster boards with adolescent dating abuse facts and prevention initiatives
  • Participants wearing orange for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
  • Interview opportunities with policymakers and state prevention leaders


[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.