DeKalb County high school junior produces impactful public service announcement
DECATUR, Ga. – As part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February, Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling partnered with Cinderella’s Gowns, The Men’s Wearhouse of Lithonia and Lynette Clove, an Independent sales director for Mary Kay, to host the second annual Stop Teen Dating Violence PSA Contest.
The goal of the contest was to engage students in a conversation about healthy relationships and how to prevent relationship bullying among teens.
Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling invited DeKalb County high school seniors and juniors to produce a 1-minute video promoting healthy teen dating practices that prevent dating violence and highlight positive characteristics such as honesty, compromise, good communication, individuality, understanding and problem solving.
Christian Livingston, a junior at Chamblee High School and an audio/video technology and film student of Hakim Felts, was selected by the Solicitor-General for her creative take on the isolation that takes place in abusive relationships.
“Ms. Livingston perfectly depicted the signs of isolation for a teen in an unhealthy relationship in 2018,” Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling said. “We had so many impactful entries that we decided we wanted to select a piece that was unique, exemplified signs teens should look for and something this generation could relate to. Texting is how this generation communicates. As I watched her story unfold I immediately knew other teens would watch this and connect to it.”
Livingston was awarded the prom prize package, which included dinner for two, a gift certificate from Cinderella’s Gowns and The Men’s Wearhouse for attire for herself and a guest, and makeup services courtesy of Lynette Clove of Mary Kay.
The Office of the DeKalb Solicitor-General encourages any teen who is aware of or experiencing teen dating violence to reach out to www.loveisrespect.org, call the Hotline at 1.866.331.9474 or text “LOVEIS” to 22522 for assistance.
About The Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General
The Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General, led by Donna Coleman-Stribling, prosecutes criminal misdemeanor offenses filed in the State Court of DeKalb County. These crimes generally include domestic violence, elder abuse, cruelty to children, vehicular homicide, drunk driving, stalking and harassment, trespassing, and animal cruelty. The Solicitor-General’s Office handles more than 13,000 cases annually and consists of a staff of attorneys, investigators, victim-witness advocates, community prosecutor, legal secretaries, and a communications director. The Office prides itself on the professional and impartial prosecution of crimes while working closely with police and members of the community to develop strategies to prevent crimes before they occur. Stay informed by following us on Facebook and Twitter.