October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Did you know that 70% of dating college-age youth surveyed have reported experiencing emotional abuse in their romantic relationships? 70%! That's astounding considering these are romantic relationships. For many teens and young adults finding themselves in an abusive relationship (be it physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, tech, or controlling situation) can feel like an inescapable trap.
In partnership with loveisrespect.org, Mary Kay’s 2014 “Truth About Abuse” Survey aimed to understand how long teens and young adults wait before they reach out for help and gauge what type of abuse is most prevalent among those who do seek help.
Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber Talks About Domestic Violence
Jordyn Wieber has partnered with Mary Kay to help empower teens and young adults in abusive relationships, help them discover resources available to them and help them realize they are not alone. Jordyn Wieber and Brian Pinero, Director of Digital Services for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Love is Respect, answered some questions I had about domestic violence.
- October is domestic violence awareness month. What are some of the basics of domestic violence and dating abuse?
- What are some of the warning signs of abuse?
- What can you do to help if you suspect someone is being abused?
- If you could offer one piece of advice for someone who is experiencing domestic violence, what would it be?
More about Jordyn Wieber: American gymnast Jordyn Wieber was a key member of the “Fierce Five” helping the U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team capture the team gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. As a cause champion for Mary Kay Inc., Jordyn has helped educate teens and young women about the dangers of dating abuse. Jordyn is currently a psychology student at UCLA and serves as the Team Manager for UCLA Gymnastics.
More about Brian Pinero: Brian Pinero is the Director of Digital Services for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and its youth-focused project, loveisrespect.org. For more than a decade, Brian has been dedicated to helping teens and young adults. He has previously supervised youth shelter services, was an investigator at Child Protective Services and worked as a juvenile probation officer. At loveisrespect, Brian oversaw the initial rollout of chat services in 2007 and text message (SMS) services in 2011. He also oversaw the rollout of chat services for the National Domestic Violence Hotline in 2013 and provides technical assistance to the Domestic Violence and Human Services field. He is a National Advisory Board Member for Crisis Text Line. Brian holds a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Texas.This interview opportunity is sponsored by Mary Kay Inc.