Teens, their parents and the community came together at McLean High School to learn about teen dating abuse and how to have a healthy relationship. The program began with “Remote Control” by Deana’s Educational Theater. This interactive performance piece gave the audience a look at how a friend might react to witnessing an abusive relationship as well as the early warning signs of teen dating abuse. Following the performance, DASH’s own Lynne Russell spoke about the loss of her daughter, Siobhan and how DASH was formed.
A community forum on healthy relationships was led by licensed social worker Mimi Weisberg and trauma surgeon Dr. Khaled Basiouny. Many audience members had compelling questions and stories to share about their own relationships. Ultimately, the evening was by turns entertaining, emotional and educational.