Teen dating, breakup violence topic of conversation

JASPER — Crisis Connection Inc. will sponsor a community conversation surrounding teen dating and breakup violence from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Dubois Community Foundation office, 600 McCrillus St. The conversation will be lead by Ann Marie Doolittle of the Ashley Doolittle Foundation.

The foundation was formed to take a stand against teen dating violence. On June 9, 2016, Ashley Doolittle, Ann Marie’s daughter, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend within a week after their final break-up. She had just turned 18. The foundation’s mission is to preserve Ashley’s legacy by raising awareness and prevention of teen dating violence while honoring the love of her western heritage.

The Ashley Doolittle Foundation exists because it is believed that Ashley’s death may have been avoidable if anyone in her life had truly understood the unhealthy and increasingly dangerous relationship behaviors they were seeing.  Perhaps the more people know about how to identify and navigate healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, the less likely they will end up in an abusive relationship.

Right now, teens are forming relationships that set the stage for future relationships. One in three teenagers is involved in a violent dating relationship and many parents, educators and teenagers are not aware of the signs that can lead to break up violence. Doolittle, who has family and friends in Dubois County, is encouraging parents to talk with their children about staying safe after a break up.

For additional information, contact Crisis Connection at 812-482-1555.

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