DECATUR, Ga. – As part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February, Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling partnered with Fit For a Queen Boutique, Charlo Riney of The Bello Mo Group and Lynette Clove, an Independent sales director for Mary Kay, to host the third annual Stop Teen Dating Violence PSA Contest.
Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling wanted to engage DeKalb County high school juniors and seniors in a conversation about healthy relationships and how to prevent relationship bullying among teens.
Local teens were invited 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.
Jordan Walton, a senior at DeKalb High School of Technology South and an audio/video technology and film student of Stacia Rhoades, was selected by the Solicitor-General for showing how abusive behaviors can evolve in young relationships.
“It’s important to be aware of the signs of domestic abuse among teens and that they know where they can go for help. Intervention is the key to prevention,” Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling said.
Those interested in viewing Walton’s project can visit https://youtu.be/KH086RkoogI.
Walton was awarded the prom prize package, which included dinner for two, a gift certificate from Fit For a Queen and a custom tuxedo from the Bello Mo Group for attire for himself 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.