Teen dating violence takes center field

(KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
(KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The boys of summer took to a high school baseball field Thursday, to fight for girls who sometimes find themselves unable to.

Players for the Westwood Warriors and the Fort Bend Travis Tigers used the Thursday afternoon game as a chance to shine a spotlight on teen dating violence.

Ribbons on helmets to raise awareness for teen dating violence (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
Ribbons on helmets to raise awareness for teen dating violence (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)

“Dating is a time in life where you are trying to relate to another person. We have to treat each other with respect. The golden rule is important, ‘Treat others how you want to be treated.’ Everyone is worth being loved in a positive way,” said Christian Isenhour, Westwood High School senior and starting pitcher. And the most important piece of the uniform they put on – a purple ribbon.

The ribbon, which signifies courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic and dating violence, was on helmets and shoes.

Brianna Rezler, a Westwood High School sophomore and a teen ambassador of Hope with the Texas Advocacy Project, threw out the first pitch.

Brianna says raising awareness of teen dating violence, and learning how to spot red flags is so important. One in three U.S. teens is the victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse by a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds other types of youth violence, according to the Texas Advocacy Project.

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