Along with similar groups in Fairfield County, they have also testified and campaigned for Hartford legislators to enact a law requiring every middle school and high school in the state to distribute policy on teen dating violence and include related curriculum in the classroom.
YNet members are planning to attend the next hearing on the issue in two weeks.
Alexa Hochstin, Samantha Stapleton and Taylor Dawson, GHS seniors and executive board members of the student group YNet, said even though they have seen the problem within the walls of their own high school, many teenagers are unfamiliar with the issue.
"I think most people haven't been educated about it," added Dawson. A lot of people, once they learn, they think, `Wow, this is happening in my school,' and they are more willing to help." YNet, a youth group facilitated through the YWCA of Greenwich and Greenwich High School, aims to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy dating relationships.
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Suzanne Adams, the director of domestic abuse services at the YWCA, said many teenagers often don't recognize signs of abuse in their own relationships.