Dekalb School of the Arts wins 2020 Stop Teen Dating Violence PSA contest

The fourth annual event is meant to encourage teens to discover characteristics of a healthy relationship

A DeKalb County high school student has earned the winning public service announcement in DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling’s annual Stop Teen Violence PSA contest.

London-Skye Roberson, a senior at DeKalb School of the Arts, created her visually interactive PSA by focusing on statistics of teen violence and the warning signs adolescents should look out for.

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“It is important for adolescents to understand the key components that make up a healthy relationship so that we can break the cycle and end teen dating violence,” the PSA concludes.

The contest launched in February, which is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Coleman-Stribling hoped to encourage teens to recognize the characteristics of a healthy relationship.

All DeKalb County high schoolers in eleventh and twelfth grades were welcome to participate.

Roberson received a prom prize package that included dinner for two, makeup services from Looks by Doe and attire for Roberson and her date courtesy of Fit for a Queen and Savvi Formalwear of Stonecrest.

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"Due to the recent events and closures, Georgia schools have postponed major events. The Solicitor-General's Office and our partners will ensure the prize is available for Roberson to redeem when able," the Solicitor-General's Office said according to Decaturish.

In an initial announcement of the contest, the Office of the DeKalb Solicitor-General's Office said it "encourages any teen who is aware of or experiencing teen dating violence to reach out to www.loveisrespect.org, call the Hotline at 1.866.331.9474 or text 'LOVEIS' to 22522 for assistance."

“London did a great job captivating her audience by providing relevant and pertinent information about this vicious cycle in a visually appealing manner,” said Coleman-Stribling according to Decaturish. “It’s important for teens to have a solid understanding of how this is currently affecting them if we hope to interrupt the cycle in a significant manner.”