DALLAS – March 1, 2016 – In conclusion of Dating Violence Awareness Month, Mary Kay partnered with loveisrespect and YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas to host a “Healthy Relationships Huddle” at DeSoto High School. During the huddle, student leaders joined in an intimate conversation about healthy relationships, as well as recognizing the signs of abuse. Additionally, students participated in a panel discussion featuring domestic violence experts and advocates. Panel members included: Margaret Halpin, Digital Services Manager of the National Domestic Violence Hotline & loveisrespect; Brian Pinero, Vice President of Development and Strategic Initiatives of the National Domestic Violence Hotline & loveisrespect; Cameka Crawford, Chief Communications Officer for the National Domestic Violence Hotline & loveisrespect; Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc.; and Troy Williams, Youth Development Director for Moorland Family YMCA. This was the first of five “huddles” Mary Kay, loveisrespect and YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas will host across North Texas.

“The fact that dating abuse impacts one in three teens in the United States today is simply unacceptable. It is our responsibility as the corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence to acknowledge this difficult statistic and act upon it,” said Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. “The necessary change in attitude towards abuse must start at a young age. We are proud to partner with YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and loveisrespect, organizations that work tirelessly to better our communities, in these efforts.”

To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation have given $50 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.

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