Stories about dating violence
"He told me he was going to kill me and what he was going to do with my body," she recalls grimly. He begged her not to tell anyone and promised he would never do it again. Dating violence is one of those things that happens to other people.
Until, that is, it happens to you, or someone you know.
As anyone who's been there knows, it can be hard to break away, even when your gut tells you that things are not OK.
Maybe you're worried your friends will take his side.
Or maybe you're not certain if an incident is even reportable.
She didn't ask questions she wasn't sure Josh wanted to answer, or make plans with friends before checking with him first.
"I thought a fight wasn't worth it," she says.
"A lot of girls who have been assaulted within the dating context aren't sure the word the other person," says Colby Bruno, an attorney at the nonprofit Victim Rights Law Center, which works with many teenage victims of sexual violence.