How often high school kids intervene and why they do (or don’t) are questions that haven’t gotten a lot of attention, despite plenty of research showing that high schoolers experience high rates of sexual assault and dating violence.
By December 2007 Kaity had enough, and she ended the relationship.
“Without hesitation I said ‘yes.’ That’s when I started looking into statistics,” she says.
Parents Are in the Dark According to Love Is Respect.org, 81 percent of parents either don’t think teen dating violence is an issue or don’t know if it’s an issue. In the United States, 1.5 million high school students experience dating violence every year, and only 33 percent of them report the abuse.
A month later, he assaulted her at school and Kaity and her family got an injunction against harassment to help protect her. A few weeks later, while Kaity was walking home from school, her ex-boyfriend shot and killed her before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide. “She was a victim of teen dating violence in the worst imaginable way,” says her mother, Bobbi Sudberry.
After Kaity’s death, Bobbi and her husband, Ric, realized how little awareness there was surrounding teen dating violence.
The presentations are designed to fit into a 45-minute high-school class period.