‘Hanging Out or Hooking Up’ workshop aims to prevent teen relationship abuse

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, CALIF. — We live in a world where one in three high school students report experiencing some form of relationship abuse, and more than 60 percent keep silent about the abuse they might be enduring (anonymous survey from Break the Cycle,

Every young person deserves safe and healthy relationships, no matter who they are or who they love, but young people are being exposed to name calling, harassment, being put down via text and social media, and other forms of abusive behavior on a daily basis.

Teens can be an active force in making a difference in the lives of their friends who are exposed to relationship abuse. Community members, parents and educators can support teens by providing them accurate information about healthy relationships, teaching them strategies to become empathetic listeners and referral sources for their peers, and building skills to prevent and safely intervene in potentially abusive situations.

“Hanging Out or Hooking Up” workshops are committed to creating a rich and diverse slate of educational materials for professionals and teen peer leaders. The information and materials provided are appropriate for teens ages 14 to 17, young adults 18 to 24, and adults who work with these age groups.

One goal of this training is to prepare participants to present information on healthy teen relationships and the prevention of relationship abuse.

A “Hanging Out or Hooking Up” workshop is slated for Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way in Incline Village.

This training will be hosted by Tahoe SAFE Alliance and provided by the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) at no cost, however participants should bring their own lunch, water and snacks.

Pre-registration is required and must be submitted by Jan. 31, individuals under age 18 will need a parent or guardian’s signature.

For more information or to register visit

Registration forms can be mailed to Tahoe SAFE Alliance, 948 Incline Way Incline Village, NV 89451, ATTN: Kassi Reisbeck, faxed to 775-298-0011 or emailed to

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