Concerned about dating abuse among American teenagers, U.S.Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) held a Washington press conference this spring to announce national distribution of Love Is Not Abuse, a curriculum developed by EDC for Liz Claiborne, Inc. Created by EDC’s Christine Blaber, with input from educators and a national advisory board, the program helps ninth graders recognize, respond to, and seek help for their friends and peers who may be victims of abuse.
During the press conference, Senator Clinton noted: “It is critical that we teach young men and women that abuse of any kind is never acceptable. Education programs like the Liz Claiborne curriculum are essential to help raise attention to this problem.” Senators Clinton and Crapo wrote to their fellow Senators in support of the curriculum, and they asked their colleagues to seek distribution of the program in their states. To date, Love Is Not Abuse has been taught in hundreds of schools in 39 states, reaching more than 35,000 students.
Originally published on August 31, 2006