Lauren Conrad and mark Cosmetics Team Up to Fight Dating Abuse
Lauren Conrad continues to be the most sane, least Frankenstein-y ex-cast member of the Hills. She has teamed up with Mark Cosmetics to design a bracelet called “Have a Heart”. Most of the proceeds ($11.01 of the $12) goes to the m.powerment Foundation. Conrad got involved with this cause “because it is something that unfortunately affects so many young women my age.”
You might be asking what “dating abuse” and “partner violence” means – well, quite simply put, you don’t need to be married to be abused by your partner. And it’s not always physical either. LoveisRespect.org (a group sponsored by Liz Claiborne) also defines abuse as emotional or verbal, from excessive phone calls or texts to controlling/complaining about what you wear.
A great deal of the nonprofits and charities set up to bring awareness to this growing problem are focused on teens and studies show that dating abuse/partner abuse can lead to poor grades, drug/alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and depression. 1 in 11 teens reports being the victim of physical dating abuse every year – and who knows what goes unreported.
Consider buying a bracelet from mark Cosmetics, it will only set you back $12. And if there’s a teenage girl in your life, whether she is a little sister, a cousin or even a daughter, there are lots of resources online you can consult if you think she’s dating an abusive partner, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline.