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Monthly Archives: May 2012

DASH at Fairfax County Nurturing Program

Thank you, Fairfax County, VA, Department of Family Services Nurturing Program for inviting DASH to speak to the students about abusive relationships. Although it was a small group, these teens were touched by Shev’s story and were ready to take the early warning signs to heart. Many of the adults present took our brochures to distribute among their community contacts. Teen by teen, parent by parent the message is being spread: Dating Abuse Stops Here – it stops with me. Shev, your spirit is here working with us all.

DASH at Delaware

A very special thank you to the freshmen of St. Georges Technical High School for making DASH an interstate organization! Wendy Claunch presented the DASH message on May 18, 2012 to six health classes at the school in Middletown, DE. This trip was particularly rewarding because Wendy was able to talk to the students in a more intimate classroom setting. The students were attentive and their teachers, Ms. Jessica Bloch, Mr. Mark Robinson and Ms. Bonnie Mills, helped guide them toward asking compelling questions.  A special thank you to Maribeth Miller, Wendy’s sister-in-law, for bringing DASH to the attention of the school.

If you would like DASH to present at your school, please contact us at admin4dash@verizon.net.

Warning Signs – “Bad” Boys

DASH’s early warning signs are meant to guide you in determining whether your relationship is healthy. In this series of articles, we will explore each warning sign in more depth so that you will have a better idea about what each sign means and if you need to address a problem in your relationship.

Our sixth early warning sign of abuse is:

Has a history of discipline problems (“bad” boys):

We love our rebels – guys and girls who go against convention, who won’t let anyone tell them what to do, who break all the “rules”. The rebel seems exciting and interesting. Life with a “bad” boy or girl is certainly never dull, but it can be dangerous.

Rebellion in teens is a normal part of the growing process. It’s natural to question what society says is normal or accepted. Most of us outgrow the rebellion and come to an understanding about how the real world works. We may hate school, but we realize that we have to go because it’s the law and we need an education to succeed in life. We might not want to go to work, but we’ll get fired if we don’t. We know we can’t start a fight with everyone who makes us angry.  Rebellious behavior can escalate into violent behavior toward others and toward you.

Yeardley Love’s Mother sues UVA coaches and State

UPDATE!  Yeardley Love’s mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several lacrosse coaches at UVA, the school’s athletic director and the state for failing to protect her daughter. This follows a wrongful death lawsuit against Yeardley’s accused killer, George Huguley. Abuse is never acceptable. Know the signs, get the facts.

Read more about the lawsuits at http://www2.newsadvance.com/news/2012/may/03/loves-mother-sues-uva-coaches-ad-and-state-ar-1889620/.