The Wellspring and Family Justice Center partnered up with Verizon to teach teens about dating violence and healthy relationships -- with a one-woman play called, The Yellow Dress. The play was performed Wednesday morning at Carroll High School in Monroe.
"We're educating our teenagers about dating violence and how it can affect teenagers in our community," said Valerie Bowman with The Wellspring.
The play tells the story of a senior in high school who is in an abusive relationship.
"My job as the facilitator is to pick at people's brains and help the audience process what they just saw," said Denise Dean, actress in The Yellow Dress. "To help them tease out what the issues are, what the triggers are, what the warning signs are, and how to step away safely."
Dean is with Deana's Educational Theater, which works with The Wellspring in presenting to students groups and classes at several Ouachita Parish high schools.
"Also challenging those who are doing the hurting to knock it off," said Dean. "It's not just how do women stay safe it's how do people in relationships make sure those relationships stay healthy."
The Wellspring Foundation serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other victims in the Northeast Louisiana.
Each year statistics show that one in four teens reports being a victim of dating violence.
For more information, visit www.wellspringalliance.org or call 318-998-6030.
If you are a victim of teen dating violence or are seeking help, call 318-323-1505 or 1-888-411-1333.