Martina McBride Teams Up with loveisrespect National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline For Healthy Teen Dating Relationships

Martina McBride Teams Up with loveisrespect National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline For Healthy Teen Dating Relationships

mytimetoshine_logo-07Martina McBride and loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline have partnered in a new program called My Time to Shine, which has been announced in conjunction with the release of her new album, Shine.

As the mother of three daughters, four-time CMA Female Vocalist is passionate about the need to increase awareness for teens and parents about teen dating abuse, and about how to develop healthy relationships. Recent research has shown that one in three girls who have been in a serious relationship say they’ve been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner.

My Time to Shine was developed for Martina’s Shine CD and tour around the concept that the teen years should be a young person’s time to shine—the time in their lives when they discover who they are, what their talents are and how to have healthy relationships.

When the contemporary country singer released Independence Day in 1994, she never dreamed that the song would resonate so powerfully with victims of family violence. It opened her eyes to the issue and changed her life. On concert tours, Martina began visiting high schools to talk to young women about self worth. Since then, she has been involved in fundraising for several programs that benefit women. My Time to Shine expands her work and is an opportunity for her to include her 14-year-old daughter, Delaney in a cause they can both relate to.

Starting with the morning TV shows this week, Martina will promote both the new CD and the awareness program. In addition Martina will
speak out in public service announcements which will be shown at her concert venues when her tour begins in October. My Time to Shine merchandise will be sold at Martina’s concerts to raise funds to benefit the teen helpline.

For more on the Shine album, visit www.martina-mcbride.com.

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  1. As a Mom of three young adults (one girl), going back to school for a Masters in School Counseling who wants to continue to work at the middle-school level, last night seeing the movie, “Taken”, and an admirer of Martina, this initiative was wonderful to view this a.m. on Fox News.

    I’ve already shared with two people here at school who work with middle-schoolers/high-schoolers on the life-issues front. I’m looking forward to learning more about this program and using this in my developing schoolwork and workplace.

    Thank you all for this effort to bring the message to teenagers with a positive message. Educating kids early-on what is healthy and appropriate is a major key. Again, after seeing this movie last night, once-again, I’m grateful that I had positive male role models in my life. We need to educate the young to best learn, in a realistic manner, what is out there in the world and to have them develop a mindset and attitude (in advance) as to how they’ll handle the various situations that may come their way. This does not have to be scarey; however, this is life.
    Thank you, again.

    Lynn Hennessy

  2. I am a dad. One of my greatest fears as my teenage daughter grows in to a beautiful woman and she prepares to leave the protection of my wing and go out on her own is her safety. Programs and websites like this help me to help her. Thanks!

  3. i love this. I was wondering if there was anyone i could get ahold of to do an anonymous interview for a project to promote awareness at my school. If someone could get back to i would appreciate it.

  4. Martina is amazing, I didn’t think it was possible to love and appreciate her anymore but I was wrong.

    Martina you truly are an incredible woman!

    Thank you!

  5. Martina’s songs always have special meaning and the fact that she has taken the impact “Independence Day” had on many, many people and turn that into something completely selfless and helpful to others is incredible. She is one special person, inside and out. She cares as much about her fans and young women as much as her family. Martina, this was an awesome thing to get involved in and you truly are a remarkable person and truly blessed.
    Thank you again and may God grant you continued success with “Shine” and all future albums as you really are one of a kind.

  6. I was a victim of domestic violence and in a bad relationship for many years. I finally got up the nerve to get out of that situation about the time the song, “A Broken Wing” was released…and this song became my theme song. I guess I was that “angel with a broken wing” who was able to FLY and get out of that relationship, saving myself as well as my two teenage children. Thank you, Martina for the inspiration!

    I just saw you on “PS”, a CMT program this morning, and you were talking about your new album and the work you are doing to help educate our teens about domestic violence and what is and is not appropriate behavior when dating. When my daughter was 18, she had been dating a fellow for a couple of years who was very possessive. She had to call him immediately when the pager he gave her went off, and if not, she had to explain why. Thankfully, she finally saw through his ways and broke up with him. But it was a difficult time for her.

    I felt guilty for many years because I felt that all I had taught my daughter was to be an abused woman, wife and mother. We all got out of that bad relationship, went through a few years of counselling and I am happy to say we are all doing very well! My children are in their 20′s now and both in GOOD relationships, and I have married a wonderful man who is very understanding about my past and very helpful to me and my children.

    I just want to say THANK YOU! to all of you involved in this organization for helping to make our teens aware of domestic violence and more importantly teaching them about it and what to watch out for in relationships. I am eager to get on board and help with this cause.

    Martina, THANK YOU for the many songs you have done about domestic violence and especially for the song “A Broken Wing,” because it gave me hope in some of my darkest hours. You are truly and inspiration to me and all women with the work you do! I hope you will continue to work on these issues and of course, to sing your wonderful songs!

    Thank you all!

  7. Cindy :I was a victim of domestic violence and in a bad relationship for many years. I finally got up the nerve to get out of that situation about the time the song, “A Broken Wing” was released…and this song became my theme song. I guess I was that “angel with a broken wing” who was able to FLY and get out of that relationship, saving myself as well as my two teenage children. Thank you, Martina for the inspiration!
    I just saw you on “PS”, a CMT program this morning, and you were talking about your new album and the work you are doing to help educate our teens about domestic violence and what is and is not appropriate behavior when dating. When my daughter was 18, she had been dating a fellow for a couple of years who was very possessive. She had to call him immediately when the pager he gave her went off, and if not, she had to explain why. Thankfully, she finally saw through his ways and broke up with him. But it was a difficult time for her.
    I felt guilty for many years because I felt that all I had taught my daughter was to be an abused woman, wife and mother. We all got out of that bad relationship, went through a few years of counselling and I am happy to say we are all doing very well! My children are in their 20’s now and both in GOOD relationships, and I have married a wonderful man who is very understanding about my past and very helpful to me and my children.
    I just want to say THANK YOU! to all of you involved in this organization for helping to make our teens aware of domestic violence and more importantly teaching them about it and what to watch out for in relationships. I am eager to get on board and help with this cause.
    Martina, THANK YOU for the many songs you have done about domestic violence and especially for the song “A Broken Wing,” because it gave me hope in some of my darkest hours. You are truly and inspiration to me and all women with the work you do! I hope you will continue to work on these issues and of course, to sing your wonderful songs!
    Thank you all!

  8. considering that over half of dv is committed by women against men why does your website imply that woman are usually the victims and men the perpetraters

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