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Teens can call in for help at the hot line and web site "Love is Respect.." Allyson Pereira also continues raising awareness about digital dating abuse.
She recently graduated from community college with a degree in elementary education.
The 24/7 technology enables the abusive partner to stalk the other person after school and on weekends, he said.
Jennings said social networking, which can connect hundreds and thousands of students, gives the abusive partner more leverage.
The abuse online and through cell phones can sometimes turn into physical violence, she warned.
Since digital abuse does not leave physical marks on their children, parents may be clueless about the abuse.
Liz Claiborne Inc., a major women's clothing company, is addressing digital dating abuse.
"Tell somebody they trust and try to get help because you can't go through it yourself," she said.
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(CNN) -- There were no scars, no bruises to indicate the abuse Allyson Pereira, a 16-year-old high school sophomore in New Jersey, had suffered. She said he gave her an offer: Text him a naked picture of herself, and he would get back together with her. Pereira, who was featured in the MTV anti-digital dating abuse campaign, "A Thin Line," in December, has been speaking out against the growing problem of digital dating abuse among teens.
Her emotional pain was caused by her high school boyfriend, who blitzed her with cruel comments via instant messages, e-mails and My Space, calling her ugly and accusing her of cheating. Pereira, now 21, regrets sending her boyfriend the topless picture that was subsequently forwarded to other students in her high school. In the MTV documentary, Pereira's parents and friends also warned about the consequences of sexting photos like the one that caused Pereira such pain.
With access to so many friends online, the abuser can post a damaging message online about their significant other or make threats to do so.