Alexandra Smith, Program Director-Start Strong, The Bronx.
TODAY WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW, ALEXANDRA SMITH. ALEXANDRA SMITH IS THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF START STRONG, THE BRONX. START STRONG IS A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS PROGRAM, TO PREVENT TEEN DATING VIOLENCE. ACCORDING TO THE START STRONG WEBSITE, HERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT TEEN DATING VIOLENCE:
* 11.2% of teens in New York City reported being hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend during the past year. (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2007)
* 8.3% of New York City teens say they have been forced to have sexual intercourse.(Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2007)
* 1 in 3 teens (30%) say the are text-messaged 10 to 30 times an hour by a partner inquiring where they are, what they are doing or who they are with. (Liz Claiborne Inc., 2007)
HOW AND WHEN DO WE ENCOURAGE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS..TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS, WE WELCOME ALEXANDRA SMITH TO THE SHOW, ALEXANDRA TH