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Oct. is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 29, 2012
The Marietta Times

On Aug. 11, 2011, 18-year-old Celeste LaCour-Belyn of New Albany was killed by her ex-boyfriend in her own home. Teenager, Johanna Orozco of Cleveland was raped, stalked and then shot in the face by an ex-boyfriend. In Franklin County, Shynerra Grant was shot in the head by an abusive ex-boyfriend who had earlier broken the cheerleader's jaw. These are the stories that have been in the news, but there are countless other teens experiencing teen dating violence. In a nationwide survey, 9.4 percent of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months prior to the survey. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Amy Bonomi, professor and researcher at Ohio State University asked 271 students aged 21 and under about their dating history between ages 13 and 19. She found that nearly two-thirds reported some type of abuse during their teenage years, which is in line with other studies. The study found that for females reporting dating violence, "controlling behaviors" tended to occur early with 44 percent reporting it between the ages of 13 and 15. Parents of both Grant and LaCour-Belyn stated that the first sign they recognized in their daughters relationship was the controlling behavior.



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