PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — It’s a romantic notion: teenagers in love. But dating violence is a reality, and a lot of teenager don’t know about the risk.
Now, a group of Pflugerville students are finding ways to empower others to stand against violence.
“I didn’t want to do home work cause I was too busy arguing with my girlfriend,” said Ronnie Mitchell, talking about his time in an abusive relationship. “After two hours, three hours or arguing, you get to the point, ‘I don’t want to do anything anymore, I just want to go to sleep.'”
With his abusive relationship in the past, Mitchell wanted to help others from becoming a victim by joining the school’s dating violence awareness group.
“I’ve been in an abusive relationship,” said Kenyetta Ipyana. “I can tell you 100 percent how that feels. You feel like you’re obligated to that person, like they own you. That’s what they make you feel like.”
“What were doing is trying to educate male and female students about what healthy relationships look like,” said Lori Carl, a social worker for Pflugerville ISD, “so that maybe they can identify those things early in the relationship.”
“What I’ve learned is that I want someone that brings happiness to me, that makes me feel loved,” Mitchell added.