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We get the community to realize they all play a part—teen dating violence is a societal disease.
It’s an epidemic, but once it’s acknowledged we have the power to put an end to it,” Bobbi says.
The workshops spell out what an abusive relationship is, and what you can do about it whether you’re a victim, an abuser or a bystander.
Workshop attendees include the general public, juveniles in diversion programs and families in crisis.
If you check more than two below, you may want to get help now before it is too late.
What would you do if you thought your friend was in an abusive relationship?
Statistics like these pushed Bobbi and Ric to launch Kaity’s Way, a nonprofit organization that promotes safe, healthy teen dating relationships and raises community awareness of teen dating violence.
The presentations are designed to fit into a 45-minute high-school class period.
“We leave materials behind for teachable moments,” Bobbi says. “We talk with people about how they can help themselves or someone else.
“Part of the reason things went so far south was that people thought, ‘it’s just a couple of kids, it’s not a big deal, it will blow over.’ We couldn’t get any help, and the situation escalated and went out of control,” Bobbi says.
Just a couple of weeks after Kaity was killed, Bobbi’s neighbor, a professor of women’s studies at Arizona State University, asked Bobbi if she would share Kaity’s story at a symposium on domestic violence.
And these violent relationships in the teen years can put victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and further domestic violence. A gift of $5 helps 25 people, $20 helps 100 people and $100 helps 500 people. So far, Kaity’s Way has reached more than 60,000 people across the United States and Canada.