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Holiday Giving: How you can help abuse victims this holiday

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Tis the season to be giving

This holiday season, DoSomething.org is taking a stand against domestic violence and promoting healthy relationships through the organization's national "Cell Phones for Survivors" campaign. As part of this movement, any one who wants to do something about domestic violence--without breaking the bank or volunteering time you may not have-- can turn in their old "junk" cell phone so it can be recycled and turned into funds to help survivors of domestic violence get back on their feet after an abusive relationship. All proceeds from the recycled phones goes directly to the National Network to End Domestic Violence in support of its Safety Net program which focuses on the use of technology to help survivors of domestic violence.

"500 million unused 'junk phones' sit in peoples’ homes across the US. Many of those sit in the drawers and closets of young people. We found that through recycling and refurbishing, those old phones can be turned into life-saving funding for domestic violence survivors. Cell Phones for Survivors is a specific, accessible, and meaningful way for young people to take action on the issue of relationship violence that doesn't require money, an adult or a car (our three rules for any DoSomething.org campaign)," says Alyssa Ruderman, the Sex, Violence, and Relationships Campaigns Manager at DoSomething.org.

Technology helps victims of abuse flee from their abusers when they decide to get out of their unhealthy relationship. However, technology left in the wrong hands could leave victims feeling more and more helpless against their aggressors. This Examiner herself has experienced this first hand when she was 20-years-old and had three of her cell phones broken every time she tried to call for help.

Did you know that more than 3 million people under the age of 18 are exposed to domestic violence in some capacity each year? Additionally, young adult women between the ages of 20-24 are at the highest risk of becoming victims themselves. It's a serious issue that DoSomething.org wanted to do something about, and now you can too.

How you can help

It's easy and free to participate. Simply visit www.DoSomething.org, click on the campaign you want to support and take action. DoSomething.org even provides free downloadable shipping labels along with whatever tools you need to make a difference in someone else's life.

Since many people are likely to get new phones for Christmas, this is a really great way to recycle those old phones you don't plan on using anymore while supporting a good cause and helping people who have been stuck in abusive relationships.

DoSomething.org's "Cell Phones for Survivors" campaign has recently been extended to Jan. 9, 2014 to take advantage of the holiday season.

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