Henderson Clubs Collect Donations for DVCCC

Henderson Clubs Collect Donations for DVCCC

FEMpowerment Club and SADD display donation items for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

Laura Wilson (Left), Jessica Gonzales, Kate Royer, Candy Jakubowski, Julia Bush, Amelia Rayburn (DVCCC), Marie Schneider, Jill Tscherniawsky

Students from Henderson High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter and FEMpowerment Club collected various personal care products and household items during February to donate to the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) in support of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

According to loveisrespect.org, one in three teens in the United States will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.

FEMpowerment co-founder, 10th-grader Julia Bush said she knows people who have been affected by teen dating violence.

"Whether it is verbal or physical, people seem to think it is normal because you're in love, but it's not normal. It angers me when people do nothing about it," said Bush.

"Our mission is to spread the word that being a feminist is not about girls overriding boys. It's about equality for both genders. We are all equal, and stereotypes need to be broken."

FEMpowerment meets weekly after school and Bush said they have plans to do a similar collection of personal care products and household goods for those in need in honor of Mother's Day.

SADD is a nationwide organization dedicated to empowering young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives.

The DVCCC has a free and confidential helpline set up. It is available 24 hours a day at 610-431-1430. For more information, visit www.dvccc.com.