One in ten teenagers report experiencing violence in their romantic relationships in the last year, and one in three say that they have been verbally, emotionally, sexually or physically abused by a dating partner.Beginning today, Radio Rookies, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning youth media program, presents “CRUSHED: Teens and Dating Violence,” audio stories that give rare and intimate insight into this largely unknown phenomenon by three young women who have been profoundly affected by abusive relationships.“Awareness increases reporting, increased reporting leads to more young people getting help, so we are gratified to see this special series give voice to a vastly underreported issue.We are so proud of these young survivors for courageously telling their stories and offering hope to others in the same situation.” ADDITIONAL FEATURES Radio Rookies will offer additional features to help illuminate the pressing issue of teen dating abuse and take listeners behind the scenes.On Thursday, September 17, Michelle Paolella, Program Director and Social Worker at Day One, and Rookie Destiny Mabry, who has become an advocate on the issue, will appear on to discuss how parents can spot the signs of teen dating abuse and help prepare their kids for healthy relationships.Destiny Mabry will also conduct a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” for teens, parents, and educators during the week of September 21 (exact date TBD).(September 17, 2015 — New York, NY) — Glowing prom pictures, silly memes, and flattering selfies fill the social media feeds of most teenagers.But what these carefully curated social personas belie is that in the real world, young women between the ages of 16-24 are more likely to suffer violence in a relationship than any other demographic in the country.
“Seeking an End to Cycles of Abuse” Destiny Mabry was one of the one in three New York City teens who report being verbally and emotionally abused by a romantic partner.When her guidance counselor inquired, Rainy told her "it's a long story, you'll get to know me." “Why Do I Stay? By the time Tony became physically abusive, Rainy was isolated from everyone who could have helped her.Rainy started reporting her story in 2013, when she and Tony had been broken up for 5 months.THE “CRUSHED” STORIES ARE AS FOLLOWS: “Why Do I Stay?” On Rainy’s high school ID card, she has a black eye. At first he was sweet: he didn’t try to kiss her on their first date. Tony became verbally abusive, Rainy stopped going to school, stopped spending time with her friends and her mom.