Teen dating violence is very real and has the same devastating impacts domestic violence has on older victims. Have you never heard the term “breakup violence?” Watch the 48 Hours episode “Loved to Death.” It details the progression of abuse endured by Lauren Astley at her boyfriend Nathaniel Fujita’s hands. She lost her life stopping by to check up on him after their breakup, and her mother admits that of all the things all parents think to talk to their children about, breakup violence was not one of them. So many stories, including Lauren’s, serve as urgent evidence of the fact that it is imperative this subject be talked about openly with your children.
Directly below is the link to the CBS News site where the episode in full is posted. In addition, there are several segments included that talk about the change in Nathaniel’s behavior, friends’ take on their relationship, a memorial video of Lauren, and several teen dating advocacy videos. For those of you who may be hard of hearing, the site also has the transcript to the video below the player.