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In a healthy relationship, the feelings are mutual. You respect each other and have fun together. Maybe the love of your life has turned mean and selfish. Maybe you realize you want something better.
Social media puts the ups and downs of dating out there for everyone to see. Still, a little mental preparation never hurts. It didn't ever occur to her that relationship abuse could impact young people, let alone that young women in Yeardley's age group were at the highest risk. On May 3, , when Yeardley was just 22 and weeks away from her college graduation, Sharon Love awoke to police officers at her front door.
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Life as she and her family knew it was completely over. Yeardley Love's ex-boyfriend George Huguely was convicted of murder and is currently behind bars.
Determined to raise awareness among teens and help them recognize the warning signs of abusive relationships, Sharon Love started the foundation in the hopes of doing for relationship abuse what Mothers Against Drunk Driving has done for drinking and driving. My generation didn't think anything of it," she said.
The foundation created a film called "Escalation," which showcases a fictional relationship between two students, Paige and Chase, that starts to turn very wrong, very quickly. In the film, Chase wants to be with Paige all the time, gets jealous when she spends time with men, begins to isolate her from her friends and grows increasingly more angry and violent as she starts to pull away.
The film has a tragic ending and concludes with photos of young women who in real life were killed by their abusive partners. I watched the film last year as it was being rolled out on college campuses around the country.
It left me shaken and so upset. I watched it again before writing this piece and feel exactly the same way. Teens trained to spot drama before it turns dangerous.
So far, the film -- along with a minute workshop led by student facilitators -- has been shown nearly times at colleges and high schools across the country, with nearly 35, students participating. It has to be many, many more. I wondered why One Love wouldn't just release the film on YouTube and allow teens across the country and around the world to see it.
Hood said there are two reasons. First, it could be triggering for someone who is an abusive relationship, she said, and you would want to make sure there were resources available or you could communicate to that person what resources are available when they watched it. And second, she said, while the film is powerful, the workshops are more powerful. And in 38 minutes, which is the length of the film Because ultimately, that's part of the sad reality of relationship abuse.
We all most likely know someone who has experienced this. The study comes as a group of experts claim that the country is suffering from a sexual health crisis and have called on the Government to make drastic changes in the way youngsters are taught about relationships. The research by the UK Youth Parliament found that almost half of teenagers in England say they have never been taught about the effects of teenage pregnancy and would not know where to find their local sexual health clinic.
More than half of the 20, surveyed said that the sex education lessons were poor, very poor or average with only one quarter saying they were good. New school tests 'a surrender to the unions'. Reforms to see struggling pupils spared tests. Britain's educational ranking falls. Special needs school put under threat.