Teens encouraged to see documentary about sexual assault

Staff report

MARION — Teens need to be aware of the dangers they may face when it comes to sexual assault.

“Audrie & Daisy” is a documentary that tells the story of two teenage girls who went to parties, drank alcohol, passed out, and were sexually assaulted by guys they thought were their friends. In the aftermath, both girls discovered the crimes were documented on cell phones. Video and pictures were passed around. Their lives were changed forever.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend a free viewing of this documentary at Marion General Hospital on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. The movie will be shown in the Morrow Room at the hospital, and it is open to the public.

These statistics have been released the the people who are showing the documentary. They come from the website loveisrespect.org.

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • One in three girls in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • One in ten high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5 percent of non-abused girls and 5.4 percent of non-abused boys.
  • Only 33 percent of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
  • Eighty-one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.

Staff report