Free 'U Have The Right' Spoken Word CD On Teen Dating Violence Available At Twin Cities Verizon Wireless Retail Stores

Free 'U Have The Right' Spoken Word CD On Teen Dating Violence Available At Verizon Wireless Retail Stores

CDs Also Available at www.Uhavetheright.net Website

October 9, 2002


Beginning October 9, free copies of "U Have the Right," a spoken word CD on teen dating relationships, will be available, while supplies last, at Twin Cities Verizon Wireless Communications Stores.

Verizon Wireless' teen dating violence awareness campaign "U Have the Right" has created demand for distribution of the CD, composed and recorded by students at Another Level Records of the High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) in Saint Paul. The objective of the CD is to motivate teenagers, parents and teachers to start talking about relationship issues.

The CD will also be available online at the www.Uhavetheright.net website at a cost of $4.25 for shipping, handling and credit card processing. The website has been redesigned and features:

  • Information on healthy and unhealthy relationships,
  • A relationship test,
  • Guidelines on what to do if you may be involved in-or know someone involved in-an unhealthy relationship, and
  • Resources for help and more information.

The content for the site has been developed by Cornerstone's Preventing Abuse and Violence through Education (PAVE) program. The PAVE staff provides education and supportive services to junior high and high school students in South Hennepin County, Minn.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22% of high school students are victims of nonsexual dating violence.* And a survey of 1,000 high school students reports that more than 40 percent of girls and boys surveyed say their dating partners have physically or emotionally abused them.**

"The 'U Have the Right' campaign is designed to reach teenagers by music and the Internet with important messages about their dating relationships," said Rich Garwood, president-Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "Verizon Wireless is fully committed to combating domestic violence and our campaign has resonated with teenagers and their parents."

During October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness month, Verizon Wireless will launch a media campaign in the Twin Cities to create awareness of the CD's availability and the www.Uhavetheright.net website. Verizon Wireless has underwritten the "U Have the Right" awareness campaign, valued at over $100,000 and launched in July, to reach victims and those at risk of becoming victims of teen dating violence.

*U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002. http://www.cdc.gov/communication/tips/dateviol.htm

**O'Keefe, Maura and Laura Trester. "Victims of Dating Violence Among High School Students." Violence Against Women 4. "2": 195-223, 1998.

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