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Country singer Martina McBride is to front a campaign to help teenage victims of violent relationships.

The singer has teamed up with the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH) for the campaign – My Time to Shine – which aims to raise awareness of abusive and unhealthy teen relationships. Recent research has shown that one in three girls who have been in a serious relationship say they’ve been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner.

“Young people today have more opportunities to make decisions about their lives, and it places a lot of pressure on them early,” said McBride, a mother of three daughters who is passionate about the need to increase awareness for teens and parents about teen dating abuse, and about how to develop healthy relationships. “If we can help them to form healthy relationships at an earlier age in life, they will make better choices for life partners, and as a mom, I want to be part of that.”

McBride’s new album, Shine, has just been released, and the singer will be selling My Time To Shine merchandise at her upcoming shows to raise funds to benefit the teen helpline.

More information can be found at the Love Is Respect website

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