Side With Peace is a movement launched by students from the Foshay Learning Academy to eradicated dating and domestic violence.
Dating violence is prevalent in our community. There were 18,553 domestic violence calls for assistance made in 2013 just in Los Angeles county. Additionally, within the Los Angeles Unified School district, 4.8% of Hispanic/Latino students reported experiencing dating violence, as compared to only 1.9% of African American/Black students. Based on our survey, 63.5% of the people we surveyed thought that domestic violence is very common in our community of Los Angeles. This means that 17.3% of those surveyed felt dating violence was not an issue, and 19.2% were unsure. Domestic violence can affect anyone no matter what race or social class they’re in. Moreover, an estimated 20-30% of teens are victims of psychological abuse by their partners, however, only 33% will ever tell anyone about any kind of abuse they experience. In California, 5.9% of students experience dating violence by the time they are in 11th grade. Compared to California overall, the Los Angeles Unified School District has a rate of 5.6% by the 9th grade, which is higher than the California average for that age-group.