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Purple Ribbon seminar tonight

by Susie Vasquez

A group of Douglas High students listened while Lori Fralick, spokesman for the Nevada General Attorney’s office, told students about her escape from an abusive relationship that lasted five years.

Fralick left the relationship with a battered face, 65 staples in her scalp and an 11-month-old baby.

The Douglas County Family Support Council is offering an evening program today, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

“Awareness plus education equals prevention,” said Shannon Harris, domestic violence and sexual assault caseworker for Douglas County’s Family Support Council. “We need to get the information out to all secondary schools, to educate them on what to look for.”

About one in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship. Forty percent of teenage girls aged 14 to 17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend, according to a report by the Bureau of Justice.

Dating violence is a repeated pattern of actual or threatened physical, emotional or sexual abuse that crosses all economic, racial, age, religious and class barriers.

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For more information or to get help, call Douglas County’s Family Support Council at 782-7565, the Nevada Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1556, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE.

Susie Vasquez can be reached at svasquez@recordcourier.com or 782-5121, ext. 211.