Verizon donates grant to help support violence prevention among teens

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- According to the CDC, Indiana’s prevalence of rape among high school girls is the second highest in the country.

Today, Verizon Wireless donated a $20,000 grant to the YWCA of North Central Indiana to help bring down those numbers.

The grant will provide funding for a teen dating violence prevention specialist that will provide education in local schools and organizations.

One in four teens report physical, emotional, verbal or sexual violence each year, and officials want area teens to know there is help.

“It can be confusing to a teen, and they can misinterpret those signs, so that and dispelling myths like if a student consumes alcohol that's really why she's raped, or that's an excuse to take advantage of her, so it's really important to do education on this topic,” said Linda Baechle, of the YWCA of North Central Indiana.

If you'd like to help, bring your old phones, batteries or chargers into any Verizon store.

Those phones will either be sold or recycled, and used to buy new phones and minutes for victims of domestic violence.

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