Three months is a long time to sit in a tiny cell nearly all day, every day, completely isolated from information sources like the internet. I spent my time coming up with ideas to change the world for the better.
Imagine my delight when I realized that one such idea already existed: H.E.A.R.T., which stands for Healthy Emotions & Attitudes in Relationships Today, is a non-profit and interactive workshop that focuses on preventing adolescent dating abuse, which is disturbingly common in Orange County.
Why I Love It
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If we teach young women (and men, of course) the red flags for abusive relationships and raise awareness for this all-too-common issue, I think we would begin to see a decline in intimate partner violence. Read more about Red Flags here.
Why It's Important
One in three high school students (boys and girls) is in a physically abusive relationship. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, which is more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year. Most victims of intimate partner violence are female (1).
What You Can Do
H.E.A.R.T. is part of Laura's House, a non-profit organization that seeks to end the silence around domestic violence. Both organizations offer volunteer opportunities in addition to many other ways to help by donating old cell phones and money.