Friday, February 18, 2011

Answer to Questions from Ajo

1. Does Kaity's Law only have to do with teenagers or can adults get charged with it? Kaity's law protects everyone in the state of Arizona in a dating relationship, adult or minor.

2. What if I think one of my friends is in a violent relationship, do I ask her? Consider talking with an adult regarding your concerns. How you approach this depends on what type of friends you are. You might try just telling your friend Kaity's Story or showing them the website so they can read the summary of Kaity's Story. Afterwards you can then try to engage them in a discussion about teen dating violence. If your friend does start to talk about their relationship just listen without judgement. Watch your body language and don't roll your eyes. Also, do not talk bad about the person that is the abuser. This often times causes the victim to go to their defense. If your friend does decide to end the relationship it is very important that a safety plan is put into place as once someone leaves a violent relationship it becomes 75% more dangerous for them. They also need to keep to the safety plan for an extended period of time, like 2 years.

3. Can we help with the next fundraiser/presentation? Absolutely! We will take all the help we can get. If you have not already please go to the contact us page of our website and fill out the volunteer application. This will get you on our volunteer distribution list and you will receive periodic emails about Volunteer Opportunities.

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Teen Dating Violence PSA by the GYC, Kaity's Way and Mesa PS TV99