Rachel Circle’s next big project is the Conference which will be held at Zion on Friday evening October 13 and all day, Saturday, October 14, 2017.This event is open to the public and will feature internationally acclaimed photographer John Noltner’s exhibit “A Peace of My Mind” as well as storytellers from across the community.Refshaw brought this situation to the Rachel Circle and after some discussion the group was moved to action.One Circle member and Alexandra House staff member, Cathy Green, suggested that the group collaborate with the Alexandra House Youth Services department.This friend and her husband were blindsided by the abuse and asked Refshaw to help their family navigate the complex systems their daughter encounter.
The boy followed through on his threats, Tibbett said. She felt she betrayed her Christian values, and she began to question her self-worth, she said.
One in four high school girls have suffered physical or sexual abuse or date rape, according to a study by youth research company TRU.
“But being out there on the front lines, I believe (that is) a very low statistic,” Presley said.
It’s common for victims of teen dating abuse to not understand what’s happening to them while it’s going on, said Marissa Presley, prevention education specialist for Laura’s House, a domestic violence agency based in Ladera Ranch.
And people tend to think of abuse as just physical abuse, she said.
Zion’s Pastor for Children, Youth and Family, Mike Rueckert, offered to integrate dating violence prevention into the church’s confirmation program.