One Too Many

One Too Many

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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 10:30am

CAMPAIGN: A Commitment to Ending Domestic Violence


Each year, countless young people will experience abuse in a dating relationship. Actually… 1 in 3. That’s 1.5 million high school students nationwide experiencing emotional, verbal or even physical abuse in a year.

Everyone remembers their first “puppy love.” As hindsight is always 20/20, we probably would have handled things in that relationship, or subsequent relationships differently. You might even identify with some of the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship – I know that I do.
But who’s to say what a healthy relationship looks like? Simply said, it’s you. Drawing boundaries, deciding how much communication and in what form, how often you see each other…it’s up to each individual person to define the relationship.

As the topic of domestic violence continues to spark conversations (much like this one) and make headlines, Mary Kay announced its recommitment to nonprofit partner loveisrepect today with a $1.25 million financial investment over the next 3 years. Mary Kay supports the loveisrespect text-for-help service that provides resources and support to young people via text message. By texting “loveis” to 22522, texters can be to be instantly connected safely and anonymously with a trained peer advocate. We’ll work together to provide tools and resources to more than 100,000 individuals each year. Also, in partnership with the Alpha Chi Omega national sorority, 20,000 college women will learn about the warning signs of an abusive relationship, how to navigate the murky relationship waters and how to get help for themselves, their sisters and friends. We’ll continue to survey young people about their communication behaviors, what they experience in their relationships and what kinds of support they find the most helpful.

So why do we do all of this? Because we want to move the needle on the statistic that 1 in 3 young people will experience unhealthy relationships, and that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. In my opinion, whether it's 1 in 3 or 1 in a million, it's one too many people that should ever have to experience this. At Mary Kay, we believe everyone deserves to be in a safe and healthy relationship and want you to Don’t Look Away from abuse.

What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever received? Imagine all of the people we’ll help by keeping the conversation open.

Today's blog post is from Kirsten Gappelberg who has what she considers to be her dream job. As Mary Kay's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Kirsten builds programs to support the company's charitable efforts to transform, inspire and empower women's lives around the world.