I can do something.
Nearly one in ten teens reported they were hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend. 2
26% of youth in a relationship said they experienced some form of cyber dating abuse victimization in the prior year.3
Almost 40% of teenagers were contacted by their partner electronically 10 to over 30 times an hour between 6 and 10 PM.4
What you can do:
- Pledge to stand up against dating abuse. It’s easy.
See bit.ly/tdvcandyhearts for ideas.
- Wear orange all month long or pick one day to wear orange shirts, nail polish, ribbons, jewelry, hair extensions, face paint, shoelaces or anything else. Post your orange on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter hashtagging #orange4love and #NYSorange.
- All year long, choose to stand up against any abusive behavior you see, whenever you see it. Be an active bystander. If someone is being treated in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, step in. Think about telling someone you trust. When you see people targeting someone online, don’t ignore it, at least change the subject. Speak up. Don’t Do Nothing.
If you or a friend needs help:
NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906