Stories of teen dating violence

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He took my virginity that year and I later found out he was cheating on me.

I thought I could give him a second chance and he would change but that was a mistake.

Logan Cook | The Daily Wildcat Staff from Voices Against Violence set up the wear purple photo booth at the Paint Pima Purple event Thursday, Oct. October is domestic violence awareness month and is associated with the color purple inspired by the women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s whose colors were purple, white and gold.

Brittany is a UA student who studies English literature and creative writing. She is a mother and a survivor of domestic violence.

“I saw this boy dancing and thought he was very cute and we spent the whole night just dancing with each other.” Soon, she was hooked.

“It was perfect, you know started as a relationship that you see in the movies,” she recalled.

Brittany, who asked us not to publish her real name for her own safety, experienced domestic violence for the first time over 20 years ago as a teenager.

She said she was married to her ex-husband for 10 years and he became physically, verbally and sexually abusive after the couple's third daughter was born.

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Out of the blue, she recounted, they crossed paths in a bedroom and things turned violent.

Since her divorce, she has dated people, but has again experienced domestic violence.

“He would say things like, ‘Maybe if you lost a little more weight, I’d be willing to take you out more often,’” she said.

She said if she was not willing to be intimate with her partner, he would rape her.

She said she would be thrown and held down without her consent.

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