Against teen dating
" (that's her pictured with John Quinones), worked with Mariska Hargitay's The Joyful Heart Foundation, and attended a roundtable discussion on domestic violence at The White House as a student advocate for Liz Claiborne Inc.'s Love Is Not Abuse campaign. We had a chance to chat: What is the most important thing you want girls to be aware of regarding teen violence? I want to make people understand that this happens so, so often and to each and every kind of person -- dating/domestic violence does not discriminate.Even if it's not happening to you, there's a one in three chance that it is happening to one of your friends.
I've learned that those gut feelings we have deep down are always true. What are some of the warning signs that someone may be involved in a physically or emotionally abusive relationship? One is if someone is always on their phone with their significant other -- too afraid to miss a call from them, must be in constant contact, always being interrogated on whereabouts.Did you know February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month?For 21-year old Danielle Dezao, the idea of dating violence never crossed her mind until she found herself fighting to get out of an abusive relationship.Immediately after her nightmare ended, Danielle learned the shocking statistic that one in three teenagers is involved in some kind of abusive relationship (physical and/or emotional).Danielle wanted to raise awareness by creating h a year ago, Danielle recruited 100 student members, was featured on John Quinones' ABC prime-time series, "What Would You Do?Using phones and the computer is a big way for an abuser to take control of someone even when they are not physically in each other's company.
Also, if someone is canceling plans at the last minute, giving up on things he or she used to love doing, or there are changes in their physical appearance.
Even the smallest difference, like changing the way she dresses, can be a sign that something is wrong.
People are so quick to look for the obvious -- bruises, suspicious marks, etc.
Sometimes it is the discreet signs, the ones that are overlooked, such as controlling behavior, that are just screaming "abusive relationship."What is the first step someone should take if they are involved in an abusive relationship?
It's just so hard to get out of such a crazy whirlwind like that.
I remember thinking, "If this is what he's doing to me while we're together, what is going to happen if I try to get away?