A social media campaign aims to end dating violence among teens, promoting information about loving relationships.
The #LoveDoesnt campaign is the project of the website loveisrespect.org, sponsored by the Licking County Prevention Partnership in Ohio. The website estimates that only 33 percent of teens who are in abusive or unhealthy dating relationships have ever told anyone. This translates to one in three American teens being a victim of physical, emotional, sexual, or verbal abuse by someone they date.
Last December, the partnership launched a social media campaign using the hashtag #lovedoesnt and pictures to raise awareness. They hope to have more people participate sharing photos and stories on social media before the end of January, using the hashtag.
The goal of the partnership is to educate teens about what an unhealthy relationship is, so that they know to ask for help or to walk away.
“Some teens might be thinking that (abusive) behavior is acceptable because ‘They love me,’ ” said project manager Krista Pruitt. “But love doesn’t do that. We wanted to redefine love from a positive viewpoint.”