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Actress/Singer Debby Ryan Joins Mary Kay to Speak Out Against Dating Abuse

We were so excited last week when our partner, Mary Kay, confirmed Debby Ryan as their newest cause champion! She recently met with Kristin Campbell, our chief development officer, to learn more about loveisrespect’s online chat and text-for-help services.  They also discussed the resources available through loveisrespect and talked about healthy relationships, power and control and how to help someone who may be experiencing abuse.

Known for her starring role as TV’s “Jessie,” Ms. Ryan will travel the country to help educate teens and young adults on healthy relationships and how to recognize the signs of dating abuse. She will serve as the spokesperson for Mary Kay’s Don’t Look Away campaign to help prevent and end dating abuse.  Ms. Ryan will also help raise awareness of support services, including loveisrespect’s text-for-help service, which is sponsored by Mary Kay.

“It’s horrifying to know how many young people deal with abusive relationships and how much goes unmentioned. I know firsthand how alone you can feel when you’re being broken down in a relationship and forced to defend it or stay silent. Just being able to send a text message is anonymous and safe. Mary Kay and I believe that everyone deserves a safe, healthy relationship that makes you stronger and better and I want to make sure people know how to get the help they need.”  – Debby Ryan

Welcome Debby Ryan, and thank you Mary Kay for your continued support of loveisrespect!

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