Letter: Teen views on healthy relationships inspire

To the Editors:

As the chairperson for the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force, one of the great pleasures I have is working with the students of Teen PeaceWorks at Wilton High School. PeaceWorks is the product of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center which has dedicated a substantial portion of their resources to the education of our youth about violence. It’s their belief, and one which I wholeheartedly support, that violence prevention begins with education. So in honor of February being Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the members of Teen PeaceWorks launched their “Promoting Healthy Relationships Campaign” at Wilton High School.

The students took time out of their busy schedules to interview male classmates and asked them to articulate their idea of “a healthy relationship.” Their responses were printed on posters with the students’ pictures and are now being proudly displayed along the halls of WHS. The responses of these young men were wise, heartfelt and inspiring. They are a testament that despite alarming statistics and the number of deaths nationally each year, there are an impressive number of students who not only know what is right, they are willing to take a stand and speak out.

Many thanks to the administration for their support of this project, especially Mr. Robert O’Donnell, Mr. Chris McDougal and Ms. Kim Zemo. It is one I hope the students can build upon and grow for next year.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the DVCC at 1-888-774-2900 or visit dvccct.org.

Jennifer McNamara

Wilton, Feb. 24