A public health risk declaration draws attention to an issue and, more importantly, indicates funds should be allocated to its prevention. After scores of trending hashtags, of neighborhoods and cities becoming synonymous with tragedies, the right time to declare gun violence a public health crisis has long passed.
Recent history demonstrates that even strong state protections may be insufficient in practice to help survivors of rape, sexual assault, or domestic violence.
1 in 3 girls in the United States is a victim of abuse from a dating partner. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and our goal is to raise awareness so young girls, who experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, can be in happy and healthy relationships.