Bynes joins Mary Kay Inc. to kick-off national online petition to put teen dating violence prevention programs in schools.
In its longtime fight to help end domestic violence, today, Mary Kay Inc., together with actress Amanda Bynes and non-profit partner Break the Cycle, will visit Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School, part of Green Dot Public Schools, to talk to students about ways to create healthy relationships and prevent and end teen dating violence. As part of the event, Mary Kay Inc., Amanda Bynes and Break the Cycle will launch a national online campaign petitioning lawmakers nationwide to make domestic violence prevention awareness mandatory in schools.
In a recent report by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, one in four eighth and ninth grade students reported being victims of dating violence. Even more alarming, the Department of Justice consistently finds that girls between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence.
“Amanda Bynes has joined Mary Kay and Break the Cycle to support our global philanthropic efforts to change the lives of women and children around the world,” said Rhonda Shasteen, chief marketing officer, Mary Kay Inc. “Domestic violence is a serious problem, and it’s not just among adults. As many as one in three teenagers will deal with physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse in a relationship. With Amanda Bynes’ support, we hope to generate awareness among teens and young adults about ways they can prevent teen dating violence.”