Liz Claiborne “It’s Time To Talk” Domestic Abuse Event
Earlier this week I broadcasted my program from the seventh annual Liz Claiborne “Its Time to Talk” event.
At this event, the nation”s top domestic violence experts, attorneys general, corporate leaders, district attorneys, legislators, celebrities, parents and teens, gathered at Liz Claiborne Inc. headquarters to participate in a day of dialogue to raise awareness for ways to end domestic violence and teen dating abuse.
First off, I want to thank everyone at Liz Claiborne for setting up a well organized, meaningful event. It was ran smoothly and everyone did a great job at making the event a successful one.
During the day I got to talk to quite a few people regarding domestic abuse. I would like to thank all of my guests who talked with me on the air and shared their stories and knowledge with everyone listening.
I think it is important that we educate people and let them become aware of how domestic violence abuse is out there.
Here are some quick facts you may want to know about.
• 23.6% of women and 11.5% of men reported at least one lifetime episode of intimate- partner violence
• The cost of domestic violence to the US economy is more than 8.3 billion dollars. The cost includes medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity (e.g., time away from work)
• Nearly 1 in 3 teens who have been in relationships have experienced the most serious forms of dating abuse including sexual abuse, physical abuse, or threats of physical harm to a partner or self
• Nearly 1 in 3 teens report that their partners wanted to know where they were and who they were with all the time
• 2 in 5 tweens (ages 11-14) in relationships know friends who have been verbally abused- called names, put down, or insulted via cell phone, IM, social networking sites, etc;
Those are just a few stats that I personally found to be astonishing. Tell me your feelings regarding domestic abuse and violence. Tell me you stories or ask any questions you have and I’ll be glad to answer.