It’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: How To Spot + Stop Relationship Abuse

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Do you know that one in three young people experience some sort of relationship abuse? February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and all month, organizations like Break The Cycle and Love is Respect want your help spreading love and awareness. Here are a few basic steps you can take to learn more and put a stop to relationship abuse.

+ Get Educated

Learn what is relationship abuse and how to spot and stop it. Relationship abuse comes in many forms — physical, emotional, sexual, and digital. Everything from extreme possessiveness, to checking someone’s email without permission, to physically harming a significant other is considered abuse.

+ Speak Up

Share your knowledge of dating abuse with friends and loved ones, and if you witness or experience dating abuse, say something! Whether it’s a stranger or a friend, a victim or an abuser, learn how to step in the right way when you notice something wrong.

+ Wear Orange

You can help fight relationship abuse with a simple fashion choice! Go all out and wear orange on February 11th, and when people ask you why you stole Snooki’s look, let them know you’re promoting healthy relationships. Pull your look together with orange socks, orange nails, or a really bad spray tan…and don’t forget to tweet pics of your cute ‘fit to @loveisrespect!

+ Get Help

If you or someone you know is either being abused or abusing someone, get help. There are too many Ryan Goslings in the world to waste your time on others — with or without fame and fortune. Contact Love is Respect at any hour for anonymous advice and helpful resources – chat with a peer advocate online, call (866) 331-9474 or text “loveis” to 77054.

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