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Peer Leaders Educate Lawyers!

On February 14th, 2009 youth leaders Sarah Cornacchio and Sarah DeCelles presented at the Boston Public Library as part of the America Bar Association's National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Initiative. The event, which followed National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week, was designed to educate young lawyers about the intracacies of teen dating violence, including warning signs, patterns of abuse, and barriers to leaving abusive relationships.Cornacchio and DeCelles participated in a panel presentation in which they shared their personal experiences with teen dating violence. Cornacchio, formerly an Ipswich High School student and member of their Teens Against Dating Abuse program, spoke about barriers to educating peers about abuse and examples of effective school-based awareness campaigns. She was accompanied by her former group advisor, Peter Holtz, who offered feedback for young lawyers seeking to engage with local domestic violence agencies and schools to prevent dating abuse. DeCelles, formerly a Shawsheen Valley Technical School students and member of their Teen Dating Violence group, spoke about her experience as a group leader and barriers teens face when accessing legal protections.

REACH thanks Sarah DeCelles, Sarah Cornacchio, Peter Holtz, and the ABA Young Lawyers Division for the opportunity to participate in this event.


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