Candy hearts, paper valentines, Cupid – the month of February has some iconic symbols for love and offers a boundless opportunity to spread some! But February is also National Teen Dating Violence Awareness month and an opportunity for the community to come together to rally around teens and young people. Specifically, the 1 in 3 young people who will experience abuse from a dating partner across the U.S. in this year alone.

 Annually, Mary Kay Inc. releases our Truth About Abuse Survey.* Our most recent survey revealed startling facts about teens and digital dating abuse:

 Take a look at the attached infographic for a complete breakdown of the survey results.

But what is digital abuse? According to our partners at loveisrespect, digital abuse is the use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. In most cases, this type of abuse is emotional and/or verbal but even though it is perpetuated online, it has a strong impact on the victim’s real life.

Be aware of the warning signs and spread the message that love can be healthy! How will you show love this February?

According to the advocates at loveisrespect, your partner may be digitally abusing you if he/she:

What is the Truth About Abuse?

*Survey conducted by Wakefield Research, young people defined as ages 13 to 24.

Kristen Gappelberg

About the Author

Kirsten Gappelberg is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for Mary Kay and also leads The Mary Kay Foundation. She considers this her dream job as she can use her background and skills in public relations together with her passion for giving back. Gappelberg is the architect of Mary Kay’s global philanthropic giving programs and spearheads the company’s national domestic violence portfolio that works to end domestic violence by providing support for education, prevention, community engagement and victim services.