RespectFest Festival Takes Place on Sunday, April 16

One in three teens experience dating abuse. So the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Police, State’s Attorney’s Office, Family Justice Center and MCPS have teamed up for RespectFest to begin discussing what healthy dating relationships look like early on. RespectFest is currently running (April 10-16) with virtual seminars and events running through April 14th. Then the in-person festival will be held on Sunday April 16th from 1-4 p.m. at the Wheaton Community Rec Center and Park. 

The family-friendly event will include activities to learn about dating violence, consent, how to help a friend, what the warning signs are and what the resources are in the community. There will also be performances, FREE food, yoga and self-defense demos, raffle prizes, a resource fair with other community organizations, and story-time at the Wheaton Library. 

The festival will also announce the winners of the Choose Respect Video Contest! (This year there are more than 300 submissions of PSA type videos and in most cases, multiple students worked on each one. Top prize is $1000) MCPS students can earn up to 8 SSL hours by participating in the education activities. If you’re curious to see previous videos, you can view past winners videos here:

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