Thursday, January 12, 2012

Love Is Not Abuse & Seventeen Magazine: Twitter Chat #WhatLoveMeans

You may not know that nearly 1 in 3 teens this year will be a victim of an abusive relationship. Often, the warning signs – like constantly checking in, name calling or keeping a girlfriend or boyfriend from spending time with family and friends – are so gradual that teens don’t recognize that what they think is “real love” is actually a toxic, controlling and dangerous relationship.

In this month’s issue of Seventeen Magazine, teens are speaking up about the unhealthy relationships they’ve experienced and encouraging their peers to understand what a true relationship should feel like.

Now, our friends at Love Is Not Abuse are taking the conversation to Twitter, and hope you can join them as Love Is Not Abuse and Seventeen Magazine host a series of live Twitter Chats on #Whatlovemeans on Mondays from January 16 through February 6 from 4 – 5 p.m. ET.

These Twitter chats will give teens a chance to get their relationship questions answered by experts and share their thoughts on dating, relationships and what behaviors should (and should never) be accepted from a boyfriend or girlfriend.

The first #Whatlovemeans Twitter chat kicks off Monday, January 16th at 4 p.m. ET and we hope that you and your community can join us and help spread the word!

To join, sign in to your account at Search for the hashtag #Whatlovemeans to follow the conversation and add the hashtag to your own tweets to join in.

For more information, check out the announcement on,  here ,  or pick up this month’s issue of Seventeen Magazine.

Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter (@Love_IsNotAbuse and @SeventeenMag) and check out Love Is Not Abuse on Facebook ( for more updates.


Unknown said...

These statistics and signs of abuse are surprising, having a question and answer session on twitter is a sure thing to spread the word even further. More events like this should take place.

Kim Wells said...

@Jazz - Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And spread the word - these chats will be taking place every Monday for the next few weeks!

alguzman2 said...

It is very sad to me how high the statistics of abuse within relationships are. However, they do not surprise me. I, myself have witnessed and been part of different types of abuse. It really messes some people up. I am very glad to hear that so many people are interested in this topic and trying to help those who are still too afraid to end the abuse.

Kim Wells said...

@alguzman2 Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for being part of making a difference!