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Ending the epidemic: Dec. 8 is ‘It’s Time to Talk Day’

According to a 2011 study by Liz Claiborne Inc., 48 percent of college students, most of them women, have been affected by domestic violence behaviors. A 2010 study of teens (ages 13 to 19) said one in three had experienced it.

According to a 2011 study by Liz Claiborne Inc., 48 percent of college students, most of them women, have been affected by domestic violence behaviors. A 2010 study of teens (ages 13 to 19) said one in three had experienced it.

— Piston is herself a survivor of domestic abuse. She left a violent marriage 17 years ago. Now, she’s doing everything she can to keep others from ending up in her position.

Coming soon

This article is the first in a four-part series on dating violence. Every week in December, the Eagle Star-Review will bring you more information about intimate relationship abuse. Here’s what’s coming up:

Dec. 14: In the high schools – what our high schools are doing to educate kids about intimate partner violence

Dec. 21: At the college level – programs at Syracuse, Le Moyne and other area schools to protect college kids from dating abuse

Dec. 28: Unexpected victims – violence against LGBT partners and female-against-male violence, as well as programs in place to help victims

For the last several years, Piston has acted as a state action leader for the Love Is Not Abuse Coalition, an initiative of Liz Claiborne, Inc. The main goal of Love Is Not Abuse (LINA) is to enact a curriculum in all schools that educates tweens and teens on healthy and unhealthy relationships. The curriculum details the signs of violent and abusive relationships and offers tips on how to safely get out of a violent relationship.

Another part of Piston’s duties as a state action leader is to encourage communication between teens and their parents. That’s the premise behind “It’s Time to Talk Day,” which takes place on Thursday, Dec. 8.

‘It’s Time to Talk Day”

As part of It’s Time to Talk Day, Piston will join other LINA state action leaders as well as members of numerous other organizations to start conversations about dating violence. The nation’s top domestic violence experts, state and federal attorney generals, corporate leaders, legislators, celebrities, parents and teens will gather at Liz Claiborne Inc. in New York City to participate in a national day of dialogue and awareness on domestic violence and teen dating abuse.

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