Monday kicks off Love Revolution Week. Students at West High School in Sioux City will be participating in a spirit week to raise awareness for teenage dating abuse.
West High School student Rosario Chaclan is the leader of the movement of love all across Sioux City.
“I thought, ‘Wow, let’s do it in a school.’ It’s full of teenagers, that’s who it is happening to, so we just started it and it grew into a huge thing that communities are involved. All the schools are involved; Dakota Valley, Seargent Bluff, East High, Le Mars, North High. We’re all doing it together to raise awareness,” said Chaclan.
Her goal is to help her peers understand the realities of dangerous and abusive relationships and recognize the signs, things she’s already seen some of her friends experienced.
“They don’t know it. They don’t know that they’re in an abusive relationship, and they don’t know how to fix it, and they don’t know that it’s wrong. So to me, I was like, ‘Okay, maybe this will help them, maybe this will help them figure out that they can leave,'” said Chaclan.
Rachelle Rawson is a member of the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. She says abusive relationships are very common in high school.
“So domestic violence is one in four. Teen dating violence is one in three. The ages are between 11 and 24, and we wanted to make February, the month of love, bigger than anything because as you know, education is our best prevention,” said Rawson.
Students at schools all over Siouxland will make a strong stand Tuesday, all wearing orange to show their support for the love revolution.
“If we can save one life, even one, then this is all worth it,” said Rawson.
Local businesses are also getting involved. Orange wrist bands are being sold at Starbucks and Hy-Vees with the words “love movement” on them.
On Monday, in honor of West High’s ‘love revolution,’ Texas Roadhouse is donating 10 percent of checks to the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence if you mention West High.