Sunday marked the start of ‘No More Week’. A national media campaign aimed at bringing an end to domestic violence and sexual assault and some of our area high school students are getting involved.
Some of the students at John Marshall High School with the help of the school’s teen dating violence prevention advocate, Sara Fincham, have produced their own public service announcement to get their point across to end the silence on dating violence. It only took the determined students two days to come together to shoot and edit their PSA, as part of a national campaign happening this week to say ‘No More’ to several factors that contribute to unhealthy relationships no matter your age or situation. The group of students united to watch the finished product for the first time on Thursday.
Sara Fincham said the focus of her program is education.
“My particular program just talks to young people about recognizing the red flags of domestic abuse, having healthy relationships, and caring about consent,” she said.
The students involved in the program said it’s a major problem and they want to make sure everyone knows of the serious problems involved in dangerous relationships, “It’s something that has such a social stigma that people generally are not comfortable talking about it,” said Aubree Gray, a freshman at John Marshall.
Junior Ben Moore said this is a problem that isn’t going away, “It’s an ongoing problem, and not just Moundsville, but in Glen Dale, but the entire country and it just needs to be out there.”
Abbey Bauer, a sophomore at the school, said becoming united in a stance can bring about the change they wish to see, “If we all come together we’ll feel safe and comfortable talking about it.”
Jordan Peck, another junior, thought even though the campaign is taking place on a national level, it was good to bring awareness right here to our local communities, “This is a nationwide thing, and it’s important to get involved on it at a community level.”
The campaign has been around since 2013, but large TV networks and other national organizations have just recently been jumping on board and these students feel so strongly about trying to do their part to help stop this growing trend, they too have jumped on board and their PSA is now available for the world to see on YouTube. WTRF.com sends a big kudos to these students for their efforts.