Kristin's Story Can Save Lives.
Kristin had just graduated college and was excited about her new job. She didn't make it that far. A guy she was dating for a short few months had other plans. His manipulative and controlling nature snapped when she attempted to break up with him. So he took her life.
We cannot undo the past, but we will direct the future. This is where you come in. Allow me to speak at your company, your child’s college or high school, your church or community parent group, and together we will examine what happened to Kristin – and others who have faced the grip of dating abuse. Becoming aware of dating abuse is the first step towards avoiding it from hurting someone you love.
Your daughter, sister, best friend, or even you could become a victim of dating abuse. If you don't believe me, you might find recent statistics more convincing. One in three women will be involved in a violent relationship during their lifetime. It's that pervasive. And this typically happens between the ages of 18-24.* What can you do to prevent this?
Do not learn about dating abuse like we did. My clarity about dating abuse came with a call from police the night we learned about what happened to Kristin. I never thought something like this could happen to our family. I was horribly wrong.
Today I am telling people about the insidious dating abuse issue. To stay current, I regularly connect with dating violence survivors, seasoned counselors, law enforcement professionals and healthcare providers. The more I know, the better it is for everyone.
Let's talk about it. Awareness and education are the best shields anyone can obtain. And understand, it's not just physical abuse, so I talk about the mental aspects, too. I will take you on a journey that will improve–and even save the lives of those you care about most. The benefits will be immediate.
I am experienced at speaking out on this issue. Study the list of speeches I've given on this site and you will see this is my passion. I spoke before an audience of 1,000 at a domestic violence agency's fundraiser a few years ago. Just weeks ago, I presented to 2,100 high school boys and girls in St. Mary's County, Maryland. I also had five presentations at Exelon (PECO Energy) in the past five months. The more people I reach, the better it is for everyone.
The need and the timing are critical. When you consider the life-altering effects of dating abuse, there is no time to waste. You never know when someone you care about is being victimized since such a low percentage of people ever admit this is happening to them. I guarantee you someone you know is going through this right now and you aren't aware. But you can become aware and I can help you.
It can be different if you act. I wish we had been aware of the warning signs Kristin was facing while she was alive. It would have been a whole different outcome.
It can be different for you. Email or call me. Let's do this soon.
Clery Center Board Member