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Lauren and Matt were on and off dating for about one year in high school. Things in their relationship had been going well until Matt became more controlling and wanted to check her Facebook and cell phone to see who she was contacting. Lauren broke up with Matt but he continued to call and text as many as 30 times a day. Lauren would try to remain friendly but also tried ignoring him as much as possible. When Matt noticed that Lauren was not responding he told her he would post an explicit picture of her he had taken while they were dating on Instagram. He also threatened to have her beaten up by friends. Lauren was very scared and did not how to handle the situation. Lauren heard about filing for a civil protection order (CPO) and was referred to Break the Cycle. Through a variety of legal, educational and other support, Lauren feels safer and relieved that Matt no longer contacts her.

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Amy never thought he would do it. She lived in a small, loving community, and thought her ex-husband couldn’t hurt her anymore. Instead, late one night, her abusive ex-husband tried to kill her. She managed to escape with only a broken collarbone. The night it happened, she tried to find help, but couldn’t find anyone during the middle of the night. Afraid to tell her family or friends, she reached out to Break the Cycle via social media to find out how she could begin advocating changes in her community. Amy learned how to stay safe after the incident, and how she could contact the police and legal advocates to help her if it happened again.

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They found Maria’s cousins’ body in a ditch after she'd been missing a few days – This was right before Maria’s senior year in high school. She never imagined such extreme relationship violence could happen to people her age. But then she did some research and learned that teen moms like her and her classmates are at the highest risk. So she decided to do something about it. She found Break the Cycle online, and reached out. A youth organizer was sent out to her campus and met with Maria, some of her friends and her favorite teacher. Together, this group organized a program to educate the entire school about the issue. Maria changed the culture on her campus. And in doing so, she changed herself.

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He’d insult Jaime, control where she went and set rules for what she could wear. Jaime thought it was a phase until one night everything changed. He was furious that she hadn’t responded to one of his texts fast enough. When she tried to explain that she’d been busy, he punched her in the face. She couldn’t justify this behavior. Afraid for her safety, but too embarrassed to talk to her family, she reached out to a friend. Her friend suggested she search online for an organization that could help – that is where Jaime found Break the Cycle. There, she received all the information she needed to go to the court and get a restraining order. With her family’s support, Jaime is now in college, and is coaching her high school’s girls volleyball team. She teaches her players how to be strong on the court and how to stay safe off the court as well.

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Kenzie would often question who Mark was with, who he was talking to, and go through his text messages. As a result of this, they would argue all the time, which led to a nasty breakup. Once Kenzie learned of Mark’s new relationship, the phone calls, text messages and emails became increasingly aggressive. Mark became concerned for his and his new girlfriend’s safety. Kenzie began stalking Mark. She tracked down Mark and his girlfriend in a shopping center parking lot, approached his car and opened fire, killing Mark and wounding his girlfriend. Dating abuse can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. It’s not worth not knowing the warning signs, talking about dating abuse and seeking support. Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy relationship.

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