Get crafty for Valentine’s Day Saturday, Feb. 9


Love is in the air and the City of Natchitoches, Child Advocacy Program and LYE invite community members of all ages to create Valentine’s Day gifts Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Skybox Building, 625 MLK Drive. This is free to attend and arts and crafts materials will be provided. There will also be a discussion on avoiding teen dating violent, loving yourself and others and a gift basket giveaway.

For more information, call (318) 214-7911/(318) 214-4002 or email

February is also Teen Dating Awareness Month. The Community Counseling Center at the Child Advocacy Program want to make the public aware with the teen dating violence statistics

  • Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the US admit to being intentionally hit or harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with.

• Only 33 percent of adolescents who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.

• 81 percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t

• Young women between the ages of 16-24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, almost triple the national average.

• One in five teens admit to being emotionally abused in the past year.

• Adolescent girls who have been physically or sexually abused are six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.

• Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide and domestic violence.

How can we make a difference?

  • Encourage parents to talk with their teens about healthy relationships.
  • Ask teachers to hold classroom discussions about dating violence and prevention by inviting speakers to talk about these issues.
  • Help schools create policies that support healthy relationships and involve student voices.
  • Utilize local counseling services and therapists to learn coping skills and find a safe space to talk.

The Child Advocacy Program offers free support services. For more information, call (318) 214-4002.