My intention for writing this blog is to be invited to speak about teen dating violence on your show.
When I was 15 years old I was in an abusive relationship. I finally got the strength to end the relationship after two bruised ribs and a concussion. An overview of ‘My Story’ can be found at the top of the blog.
About two weeks ago I heard you on the Ryan Seacrest morning show speaking about your new campaign; “End the Silence on Domestic Violence.”
I was so delighted to hear your commitment to speak about domestic violence.
I would like to highlight, in my opinion, that you are excluding one huge demographic.
After hearing your interview and subsequently reviewing your website, I can see your focus is on domestic violence between married couples and not on teenage dating violence.
As you state on your website, abuse is three times more likely to occur with young women ages 16 to 24. That is a huge statistic that needs more attention.
Teenage relationships are typically entered into with little guidance.
Technology has enabled abusers to stay in constant contact.
I will use this blog to show statistics, warning signs, give examples, talk about the cycle of violence and provide lots of other important information to help and do my part to “End the Silence on Domestic Violence.”
I have spent six years speaking out in order to educate teens about teenage dating violence. I have spoken at schools, prisons, conferences and informal gatherings, and my story has been featured on news shows and in magazines.
I hope over the course of this blog I am able to help point out reasons why teen dating violence needs to be a larger part of your “End the Silence on Domestic Violence” campaign. I hope to reach teens currently in unhealthy relationships and viewers who might know someone in an unhealthy relationship, and also teach teens about the warning signs.
Relationship Violence. Break the Silence. Be Part of the Solution.
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