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Human Options Marks February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ Campaign

Human Options Marks February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ Campaign

By Barbara J. Kimler 

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An estimated 1.5 million high school students in the United States will be physically abused by a dating partner this year and one in three adolescents will experience some form of dating abuse in their lifetime.

Human Options, a nonprofit organization working to break the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County, has created the campaign ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ geared towards Orange County teens during February Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.

“As many celebrate the month of love this February, we urge the community – particularly our youth – to get the facts about dating abuse and spread the important message, Love Shouldn’t Hurt. We target youth for this campaign because we believe in their power and voices to help eliminate teen dating violence among their own circles and beyond,” says Maricela Rios-Faust, Human Options Chief Operating Officer.

Young teens through young adults can join the movement by hosting a Human Options speaker at their school or club, featuring their own Love Shouldn’t Hurt campaigns with signs and posters and/or entering a PSA Video Contest (deadline is February 14, 2015) for a chance to win $200.

The campaign’s slogan “Have a voice, spread the word” is aimed at educating youth and thus empowering them to inspire others. 

For more information, visit Human Options here call 949.737.5242, ext. 318 or e-mail communityeducation@humanoptions.org

Join their social media effort using hashtag #LoveShouldntHurt.

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