The video utilizes their experiences and insights so that youth and parents can recognize and prevent dating abuse in their own lives, or in the lives of others.
The discussion guide, and accompanying Power Point presentation, helps participants recall specific scenes and generate thoughtful conversations about indentifying warning signs and preventing abusive relationships.
New developments have come to light in the tragic stabbing of Cindi Santana, a 17 year-old student at South East High School in South Gate, California. "20/20" reported a disturbing story on teen-dating violence, April 5, 2005.
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The bill specfically requires research-based instruction that must include information about dating violence and "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary consent to engage in sexual activity."Sen.
Robert Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, supported the bill, saying "The facts are that we have a dating violence epidemic in this country and in this state.” He cited statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying that nearly three-fourth of teenagers have dated in the past year and at least 10 percent had been victims of dating violence."This is a major crisis facing our country and we need to act on it," Hogg saids At least 22 other states have enacted legislation aimed at curbing teen dating violence, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Santana was stabbed at school allegedly at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Abraham Lopez.
Brittany is a UA student who studies English literature and creative writing. She is a mother and a survivor of domestic violence.At 13 years old, a Bronx woman named Gabby survived an abusive ordeal that many adults wouldn't be strong enough to overcome.Gabby, now 24, shared her story with PIX11 Morning News in hopes that it would encourage another young woman, blinded by love, to speak up before it's too late.Brittany said shouting matches from an ex-boyfriend had become so regular and disruptive that her neighbor would come to the door to make sure she was not in danger.“To be honest, I learned to tune out shouting,” Brittany said.Accompanied with this type of verbal abuse, Brittany said physical abuse often came in the form of sexual assault.