Texas gives boost to teen dating violence prevention

After local killings inspired state law, attorney general office to help pay for awareness campaign.


AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Friday, September 19, 2008

Ortralla Mosley was 15 when her former boyfriend stabbed her to death in a Reagan High School hallway in 2003. Bowie High School senior Jennifer Crecente was 18 when her boyfriend fatally shot her in the head three years later.

Their deaths spurred passage in 2007 of a state law that requires school districts to help protect students from being physically or emotionally abused by their significant others.

Thursday, Attorney General Greg Abbott announced that his office is helping fund a National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline campaign to raise awareness of unhealthy dating behaviors and signs of emotional and physical abuse. Other money comes from private donations.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

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