In New York, Action Leader Kim Davidson, 47, is working with State Senator George Maziarz and Assemblywoman Francine Del Monte to advocate for the Kari Ann Gorman Act — named for Kim's daughter, who was killed at age 18 by an abusive boyfriend, in 2008.
The bill would implement teen dating abuse education in middle and high schools statewide.
Still, there are more battles to fight to protect our teens from abuse.
The current stats are frightening: Nearly half of teen girls who have been in a relationship say they've been victims of controlling behaviors by their boyfriends, and more than half of all tweens (11 to 14 years old) say they know friends who have been verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
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Also in New York, Action Leader Stephanie Piston has been working with Vera House, a domestic violence shelter in Syracuse, to create a teen dating abuse education program, and she has met with Assemblyman Al Stirpe to discuss implementing a similar program statewide.