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The 2012 PADV Teen Dating Violence Summit is presented by:

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Georgia Public Broadcasting, 260 14th Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Registration for the first 100 teens is free and underwritten by Verizon Wireless.

PADV’s 2012 Teen Dating Violence Summit goals are to provide teens (boys and girls) and adults (parents, teachers and community leaders) with the information they need in order to distinguish between healthy and abusive dating relationships. This knowledge empowers teens to respect themselves and others by making healthy relationship choices. Teen dating and violence prevention is core to PADV’s mission to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors.

• Teens will learn the 5 components of a healthy relationship.
• Adults will gain insight from teens about the dating world today.
• All participants will gain information on consent and sexual violence in dating relationships.

In the last two years, PADV's Teen Dating Violence Summit has covered topics including bystander intervention, technology safety, and the role the media plays in influencing teen relationships. In 2012, we will be joined by an extraordinary survivor of teen dating violence, Johanna Orozco, who has been seen on Oprah, ABC’s 20/20, and The View. Why was Ms. Orozco selected as the Keynote speaker for PADV’s 2012 Teen Dating Violence Summit? The romance between high school seniors Johanna Orozco and Juan Ruiz Jr. lasted for a year and a half before Ruiz became violent and possessive. After she broke up with him (in 2007), he shot Orozco in the face, a crime that resulted in years of suffering and reconstructive surgeries for the young woman.

Doctors said the fact she survived at all was nothing short of miraculous, according to ABC News. However, Orozco said that throughout her ordeal she never felt sorry for herself. "This happened for a reason, and right now it must be terrible and horrible, but [there is] a good reason why it happened," she told the news provider. In fact, the 21-year-old now works to turn her story into an example for others by speaking to groups of teenagers, urging girls to leave violent relationships and lobbying for legislation that would provide protection orders for threatened teens, according to the news network.

The day will wrap up with an opportunity for teens to win custom made prom attire from American Intercontinental University (AIU).

Additional support for PADV's 2012 Teen Dating Violence Summit is provided by Avon Women's Foundation, northhighland Consulting and IBM.

For more information, contact Laura Barton at 404-870-9615 or

PADV's year-round Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program is presented by:

During registration you will be asked to select a breakout session from each time period below.  Breakout sessions are limited to 70 registrants.  You will be notified if the session you have chosen is not available.


Session 1: 
1.    For Teens -  Healthy Relationships 101 (CLOSED - Full)
2.    For Teens -  Bystander Guys
3.    For Teens - Text Responsibility
4.    For Adults - Teen Dating Violence 101
Session 2: 
1.    For Teens – Teen Health
2.    For Teens - Teens Against Bullying
3.    For Teens - Teens Get Smart About Exploitation
4.    For Adults - Adults in Action