02.21.2013Personal Tech

Verizon Donates $5,000 in Support of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month


Did you know that 9.4% of students nationwide have been hit, slapped or physically hurt by their boyfriend or girlfriend? A majority of the public does not consider teen dating violence an issue, mostly due to their lack of knowledge about the subject.

This February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. To help promote awareness of teen dating violence, Verizon Wireless has donated $5,000 to Safe Connections' Project HART. Safe Connections is a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization specializing in preventing and ending domestic and sexual violence. Through education, crisis intervention, counseling and support services, Safe Connections works to reduce the occurrence and impact of relationship violence and sexual assault.

Since 1987, Safe Connections’ Project HART (Healthy Alternatives for Relationships among Teens) has reached over 137,500 students in the Greater St. Louis Area. The program is designed to promote safety, respect and healthy relationships among middle and high school students. Project HART consists of a 12 session curriculum that addresses teen dating violence through discussions and activities. The ultimate goal of the program is to support young people in developing relationships free from violence.

This February, join Verizon Wireless in supporting awareness of teen dating violence in your community. To learn more about Project HART and teen dating violence please visit the Safe Connections website.

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