It's Time to Talk Day

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Momtrends participated in the 7th Annual national It'??s Time to Talk Day, hosted by Liz Claiborne Inc. to raise awareness about domestic violence and teen dating abuse. We interviewed a host of experts and gathered some valuable information to share.

Throughout the day, bloggers and radio talk hosts from around the country interviewed notable guests about a subject no one wants to talk about. My time was spent talking with Dr. Jill Murray, expert on teen dating abuse and author of But I Love Him, Destructive Relationships and But He Never Hit Me, Rhode Island Senator Beatrice Lanzi, Bridget Mahoney (victim of domestic violence) and celebrity guest Tim Gunn (Creative Director at Liz Claiborne).

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Dr. Jill Murray

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Bridget Mahoney, Daughter and Tim Gunn

Interview highlights with useful tips on talking about abuse, recognizing abuse, and preventing abuse.

  • Start talking really young, 2 years of age, about self-respect.
  • Teach that Love is a behavior.
  • Enhance your child'??s positive qualities, even if you don'??t like them. This plays a role in not feeling good enough and the future partners they choose.
  • Know your child'??s behaviors.
  • Watch out for behavioral changes that include isolating friends, family or religion and hiding self with baggy clothes.

Latest Trends in Teen Dating Abuse

  • Teen girls are being sexually aggressive and mean to guys via facebook and other social media outlets.
  • According to recent research, 1 in 3 young people have sent or received a nude photo; of those who have sent a '??sext'?, 60% have been pressured to do so.

Since 1991 Liz Claiborne Inc has been working to end domestic violence through its Love is Not Abuse program. The company provides information and tools that men, women, teens and corporate executives can use to learn more about the issue and find out how they can help end this epidemic. Liz Claiborne Inc. also has high school and college dating violence abuse curriculum named Love is Not Abuse, both available at no cost by visiting

Momtrends was not paid for this post. I wrote this post after attending an informational media event on behalf of Liz Claiborne and Mom Central Consulting and received a gift bag and gift card as a thank you for taking the time to participate.

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