There are some shocking, scary statistics about teen dating abuse. Here's one example: one in three teens experience abuse in their romantic relationships, whether verbal or emotional. In addition, 40% of girls, ages 14 to 17, know someone who has been hit or beaten by their partner. That's not something to brag about. With the whole Chris Brown/Rihanna scandal, this issue has been brought to the public, as it should. Now, DoSomething.org has organized a response to this problem and you can help.
Like in the Chris Brown/Rihanna case, the victim often does not move away from or leave the abuser. Rihanna is still with Chris Brown — word is that they are recording a duet together. This is common, which is scary. Two out of three abuse cases are not reported and 80% of girls in abusive relationships stay with their partners, just like Rihanna. This is wrong and thus they can still get hurt.
So, the 1 in 3 campaign was started to fight against abusive relationships by raising awareness and educating teens about this problem. You can get free bracelets to support your cause. You get three total bracelets: two black and one blue to be a symbol of the woman abused. Twenty-five thousand bracelets have been ordered (from March 16 to March 19) to fight teen dating abuse.
There are other things you can do: Hang a poster about it at school, use Facebook to your advantage, know the warning signs of abuse, read the teen dating bill of rights, and just talk about it. Tell others about the campaign. The more awareness, the better.
“The response to this campaign has been tremendous,” said Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org. “Teens are coming out in droves to take action by raising awareness for an issue that not enough people are talking about and certainly not enough people are doing anything about.”
Don't let you or your friends turn out like Rihanna. Fight against abuse and keep teens safe. Take a stand against teen dating violence.