Abusive Relationships can happen at any age

Mary Kay 2014 Truth About Abuse Survey ResultsDomestic abuse – It starts young

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber and Brian Pinero, director of digital services for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect.org. 

Did you know that 70% of dating college age youth surveyed have reported experiencing emotional abuse in their romantic relationships? For many teens and young adults finding themselves in an abusive relationship (be it physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, tech or controlling situation) can feel like an inescapable trap.

In partnership with loveisrespect.org, Mary Kay’s 2014 Truth About Abuse Survey aimed to understand how long teens and young adults wait before they reach out for help and gauge what type of abuse is most prevalent among those who seek help.

This issue is close to my heart.  When I was 18, I dated (and moved in) with a guy for 2 years.  He never hit me.  But it took me 2 years to accept that what he was doing was emotional and sexual abuse.  I won’t go into details – I’ve dealt with my past and came out a stronger, happier woman.

Today’s young women need to know how to reach out, how to ask for help, and how to recognize abuse.  Check out the survey results and have a look at our interview.

If you are experience any form of abuse – talk to someone.  Get some help.  It could save your life.