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Presley said she hopes teens affected by abuse will be reached by the vigil and seek help. Also joining the effort are the Oklahoma Coalition to End Domestic Violence and local members of the Mary Kay independent sales force who will convene at the capitol building, meet with state legislators and discuss the importance of educating middle and high school students about healthy dating and relationships.The latest trend parents should be aware of is digital abuse, when abusers send threatening texts at all hours, she said.One in four high school girls have suffered physical or sexual abuse or date rape, according to a study by youth research company TRU.While the vast majority of abusers are males and most victims are female, females can be abusers and males can be victims of dating abuse. & Family Violence Prevention Fund (2009); (2) Davis, Antoinette (2008); (3) Liz Claiborne Inc. For more information, please visit our TERA site for teens!Safe Shelter provides safety, support and resources to individuals affected by domestic abuse.
“Most don’t want to speak up because of shame and the stigma, but Kayla is willing to speak up,” Presley said.Tibbett was 12 when she met the boy, and she really liked him, she said.Soon, she said, he started trying to control her, pressuring her into committing sexual acts and saying she must not love him if she wouldn’t comply, threatening to have sex with her best friend and threatening to spread rumors about her with other students.HONORING VICTIMS Presley and Tibbett will be at the Laura’s House Candlelight Vigil for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month on Feb. Tibbett will share her story at the annual event, which was launched four years ago in memory of El Toro High School graduate Jacque Villagomez, who was found beaten and unconscious Sept. He died following surgery at age 26 while awaiting trial on the charge.Laura’s House board member and Laguna Niguel doctor Jill Murray, an expert on dating abuse and author of “But I Love Him: Protecting Your Teen Daughter from Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships,” also will speak at the event.
UNDERSTANDING ABUSE Presley said she grew up in a home where her father abused her and her mother.