, hits shelves in June, and tracks the damaging relationship between a girl hungry for escape from a crappy home life and the boy who seems perfect, but is anything but.
She shared her own experience as a teen in an abusive relationship in this month’s YA Open Mic, and now, in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, she talks about how to recognize abusive relationships (and great ones), and how to break the patterns that can keep you or your loved ones trapped. This one’s for the friends who watch their bestie slip away from them, her life revolving around a boy who treats her like crap and convinces her she’s nothing without him.
Kaylah Harris was 18 when she first experienced dating violence.
She had a hair appointment and didn't want to be late, so she decided to go, leaving the behind the boyfriend who was supposed to go with her, but was running behind. ' And I told him 'I left, I didn't want to miss my hair appointment waiting on you.' And he was like, 'you're stupid.' He called me a bitch," she said. She said she took a break from him for a few days, but they got back together.
is fiction, but it’s inspired by my own bad romance.
For up-to-date statistics, you can visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline at
When the students enter the classroom, give each person ten red sticker dots and ten green sticker dots (or one red and one green marker).
According to the CDC, 23 percent of girls and 14 percent of boys will experience dating violence for the first time between 11 and 17 years old.
The data includes physical, mental and emotional abuse.