Author Archives: Wendy Claunch

Recent Cases Highlight Warning Signs

It can happen to anyone, anywhere.  Teen dating abuse was the cause of four deaths since the end of May.  Each of these recent cases had warning signs that were missed or ignored. Know the early warning signs. Know the lethal warning signs. Do not take threats to yourself or your family lightly.

Two cases in Washington State top the list:

On May 29, police arrested 19-year-old Jarrod Lane in the stabbing death of  17-year-old Jessica Scholl. Jessica was found dead in her burning home on May 25, about a week after she had broken up with Lane.  (Lethal warning sign #8).

Seniors Hear DASH message

DASH would like to thank the following schools and their senior classes for their support in March and April:

South County Secondary School for having Wendy Claunch share the DASH message to the senior class in March. It was DASH’s first time presenting at the school and we hope to return soon!

Mountain View Alternative School for inviting DASH to their annual Resource Fair. We met terrific groups of students who were touched by Siobhan’s story on her 3rd Angelversary.

Marshall High School for having Heather Sarmiento (Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services) and Wendy Claunch highlight the dangers of teen dating abuse and The Red Flag Campaign, a dating abuse program on college campuses.

We are grateful to the principals, counselors and support staff of all the schools who have invited DASH in the past year.


Start Strong – new data and risk factors for 7th graders

From the Start Strong website: On March 29th in San Francisco at the Pre-conference Institute of the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (#NCHDV), Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong) announced new data on teen dating violence behaviors and associated risk factors among middle school students.

The findings come from the baseline data of an independent evaluation of Start Strong, conducted by RTI International. The data were collected from a student survey of more than 1,400 7th-graders looking at teen dating violence behaviors and risk factors linked to dating violence, such as gender stereotypes, sexual harassment and the acceptance of teen dating violence.

Read more at Stay Strong.


Former Nickelodeon Actor makes film about teen dating abuse

Jordan Coleman, 16, once the voice of Tyrone, the moose, on the hit show The Backyardigans, has written and directed a new film on teen dating violence called Payin’ the Price. Awarded the 2011 HBO Best Feature Film at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival, it is being shown during Coleman’s Speak Up & Get Out film tour. National Public Radio’s Michel Martin interviewed the young filmmaker. Listen to the interview at http://www.npr.org/2012/03/01/147729668/former-nickelodeon-star-tackles-teen-dating-violence. Check out information about the film and it’s director at http://www.payintheprice.com.