Dating violence with college students

Penn State’s Gender Equity Center (Gen EQ) supports students who have been impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, harassment, and other campus climate issues.

Fifty-seven percent of the surveyed students said it’s “very or somewhat difficult” to recognize abuse.

Just as students are educated on the dangers of drinking and drug use, Randel said, they should be better prepared for relationships.

They created a similar curriculum for college students last year after the brutal beating death of University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love.

On Black Friday, Nadia Ezaldein, a University of Chicago student, was working at a Chicago Nordstrom when her ex-boyfriend entered the store, found her in the accessories department, and shot her to death. A day earlier, on Thanksgiving, Shannon Jones, a student at Cornell University, was allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend during an argument.

Police described the murder as a "domestic incident." The two cases are not the only abusive relationships to end in the death of a college student in recent months.

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