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State Starts Social Media Campaign Against Teen Dating Violence

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has started a new social media campaign against teen dating violence.

The campaign includes a four-minute video featuring students from Lansingburgh High School in Troy encouraging bystanders to speak up when they see someone treated inappropriately.

That can range from controlling behavior like keeping a partner away from other friends to verbal abuse and physical violence.

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence also is encouraging virtual conversations by using the hash tag #ICanDoSomethingNY.

The agency says research shows 62 percent of "tweens" 11 through 14 said they know friends who have been verbally abused by boyfriends or girlfriends.

About 10 percent report being hit by their boyfriend or girlfriend.