Bringing awareness to teen dating violence

Lily Pad teaches teens how to stay aware and safe in relationships. / File

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, and one organization is committed to spreading the message.

Lily Pad Executive Director Mary Martinez-Allen said they teach teens what is acceptable and what isn't, and teaching different topics is part of bringing awareness.

"It could be body safety, it could be how to keep yourself safe when you're out in the community. It can be things such as self worth, self esteem," she said.

She said they treat more than 400 kids and 120 adults who are sexually abused each year.

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