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Jenkins High School makes film about abuse prevention
Families, Health, Schools

Every year, The Family Support Center in Colville works with area high school students to educate them on abusive relationships and how they can prevent them. This year, students at Jenkins High School in Chewlah decided to step it up a notch. Alex Mueller, of The Family Support Center, tells us about "Brenda's Story".

It's a dynamic story of an abused teen girl, Brenda, trapped in a dead-end abusive relationship. As the story unfolds, you see the manipulation, put-downs, and torment as it happens to this young girl. You see her boyfriend constantly pressing her to have sex with him as he threatens to ruin her reputation if she won't concede to sex and revealing text messages. But there is hope to this story. I won’t give away the ending…you’ll just have to watch the film!

At the Family Support Center, we serve victims and we also bring awareness to prevent violence from happening in the first place. It is our mission to establish an abuse-free environment in Stevens County. And because one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, we set our sights on educating our community’s teens. Dating violence can have long-lasting effects on those involved. Teens who endure abusive relationships are more likely to abuse substances, contract STI’s and attempt suicide.

We want more than that for our community. Every year, we ask the local high schools to perform a play called Brenda’s Story for their peers. The play shines a light on teen dating violence and aims to build the skills needed to prevent it. This year, Jenkins High School in Chewelah took it to a whole new level. With the guidance of drama teacher, Janet McLaughlin, and the technical skills of two talented exchange students, the class adapted our script and created a beautifully acted and edited film.

A big round of applause for the actors, actresses and behind the scenes crew: Joshua Adlesperger, Ashley Beattie, Keyonna Caldwell, Levi Chantry, Dillan Ducharme, Malachi Fairfield-Vasquez, Mullen Jane, Brennah Fulbright, Signe Gottschalk, Clara Hogan, Kyle Huguenin, Merideth Kirry, William, Londagin, Justin Lester, Lindsay Merl, Naomi Miller, Regitze Moeller, Julie Olson, Riley Olson, Carly Oman, Jared Patton, Sierra Rasmussen, Piriya Rungniwait, Megan Rowe, Donavin Shader, Lindsie Schlafman, and Rebecca Traaen.

For more information on bringing "Brenda's Story to your school or for help in Steven's County contact Alex Mueller of the Family Support Center, 956 S. Main, Colville, WA, (509) 684-6139

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