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YWCA receives $20,000 from Verizon Wireless

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Nearly three percent more high school girls in Indiana are being forced to have sex compared to the national average, according to a 2011 report from the Center for Disease Control. Now, the YWCA and Verizon Wireless are doing something about it.

Verizon's HopeLine initiative raised $20,000 for the Northern Indiana YWCA to start school programs educating young girls on abusive relationships. Chief Executive Officer of North Central Indiana YWCA says both young men and women will be educated on the warning signs of abusive relationships at their school, instead of having to seek out help,
    
"We are really excited because we've just been struggling over the past years to do more dating violence, date rape, stalking, education in the schools. We know there's such a huge need."

Verizon says it's easy to pitch into the cause. They've donated nearly 180,000 cell phones to sexual violence victims, survivors, and domestic violence organizations. Plus, HopeLine will have donated over $21 million cash grants to domestic violence organizations by the end of the year.

"I think how you can help is just letting everyone know that those old phones that they have at home, no matter what carrier they're for, they can definitely help with this program," says Verizon District Manager, Brandee Slotwinksi.

All you have to to is bring your old phone to any Verizon location, where HopeLine will recycle and re-use them. The $20,000 for the YWCA will only go directly to Saint Joe County middle schools and high schools. Baechle says the programs will start as soon as she can hire enough educators.

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