Dating Violence on 48 Hours

This show is a must watch by ALL! Domestic violence is NOT a gender issue. Please get those you love and watch the show.

Dear Kia,

This Saturday night, CBS and 48 HOURS will air a powerful story about the devastating reality of dating violence in the U.S. The hour-long show, “Loved to Death,” will explore dating and breakup violence through an inside look at the murder of 18-year-old Lauren Dunne Astley at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Nathaniel Fujita. The couple, who were each about to start their freshman year at college, had broken up, reunited, and broken up again at the time of the murder. Nathaniel had trouble dealing with the end of the relationship and Lauren went to visit him one last time. It was the last time she was seen alive.

For several years, we’ve had the great privilege of working with Lauren’s father, Malcolm Astley, a retired principal who has put his heart and soul into efforts that will educate young people – as well as parents – about the hard reality of relationship violence. Last year, Malcolm spoke at “The Y Factor,” the national event we hosted in San Francisco to promote the importance of engaging men and boys on the issue of healthy relationships and respect for women. For many in our audience, he was the most memorable speaker of the day, and we applaud him for sharing his experience with 48 HOURS so that others might benefit from his family’s cautionary tale.

Casey Corcoran, our Program Director for Children and Youth here at FUTURES, worked with the 48 HOURS producers behind-the-scenes. CBS has invited him to be part of the live tweeting during the show and to lend his expertise to a Facebook discussion on the 48 HOURS fan page following the broadcast. We encourage you to use and follow hashtags #48Hours and #datingviolence on Twitter. You can click here for a preview of the show.

Thank you for this opportunity to encourage discussion about teen dating violence. The show airs on CBS on Saturday, October 26, 2013 (10:00 PM ET/PT).

W

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