Mission CISD students take stand against teen abuse

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POSTED: Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 2:37pm

The color is purple. The cause is ending abusive relationships among teens.

"Here at the high school level we kind of see it, we just don't say anything about it. So that really is what this month is all about," said Jasmine Santos, Veterans Memorial High School Junior.

For the entire month of February, these students are bringing community awareness to their campaign 'Love Shouldn't Hurt.'

It is a problem, Vanessa Osorio knows to well.

"Actually I have a friend who was in an abusive relationship her first two years of high school. And she didn't come clean until she broke up with the guy," said Osorio, Veterans Memorial High School Junior.

Knowing this, HOSA club students decided to take a small study about abusive relationships in their own school.

"It was just confined to one classroom, with every single period in that class. And the study showed that about one in three relationships there was abuse," said Giselle Castillo, Veterans Memorial High School Junior.

So the students took a stand and began planning events and creating shirts to remind their fellow peers of this growing problem.

On the front of the shirt, the students are promoting their cause. But on the back, is the real important information. This is where the students put the teen dating violence hotline number.

Over 1.5 million teens nationwide experience abuse from their partner.

"I think a lot of people don't even realize they are in an abusive relationship. They think certain signs are normal or that they are expected, and I feel that if we can get this campaign out there and the certain signs that you are in an abusive relationship, more people will be open about it," said Castillo.

So for the next three Fridays, these girls plan to paint the school purple in awareness of abusive teen relationships.

If you know someone in need of help, feel free to call 1-866-331-9474.

Activities during February will include: an art competition, poster campaign, classroom presentations by Mujeres Unidas and GREAT officers, videos during announcements, photo campaign, sharing information at parent meetings and at the upcoming district parent conference.

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