In order to combat the under-recognized problem of teen dating violence, Suzanne Schultz, Coordinator of the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Family Crimes Unit, organized an educational program to bring awareness to the problem. Over the last four years the program entitled, The Choice is Yours was presented to over 10,000 students, teachers, counselors and administrators in the San Joaquin County area.
Now this program, along with its companion program, Love You to Death, are available as a 2-disc DVD set and have been distributed to the School Districts of San Joaquin County. The program has been turned over to school personnel who have been trained in the presentation of the material and provided with the accompanying literature. If you would like information on how you can become involved in this program, contact Suzanne Schultz at (209) 468-2437.
Print-ready brochures summarizing the information in The Choice is Yours program are available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded from the sidebar.
The Choice Is Yours
During the 2006-2007 academic year, The Choice Is Yours, a proactive teen dating violence prevention program, was introduced to the San Joaquin County schools.
The program is designed to be given in a 55-minute class period. This powerful program contains an actual 911 tape, crime scene and injury photos, defines teen dating violence, gives warning signs, statistics, explains the cycle of violence, provides tips for a safety plan, and resources for assistance. Each student is given a brochure which is specifically designed to complement this presentation.
The program is also offered as a summer workshop at San Joaquin Delta College in their Kid's College Program.
Love You To Death
This movie, which was released in November 2010, is intended as a follow-up to The Choice is Yours, which discusses the warning signs of abusive relationships. It shows the ultimate risk a person faces when they choose to stay in an abusive relationship.
This movie shares the stories of three mothers who share four things in common:
- They all were mothers to beautiful daughters.
- Their daughters were attracted to and dated "bad boys".
- Their daughters were murdered by their "bad boys".
- All of the murders occurred here in San Joaquin County.
The movie contains 911 tapes, graphic crime scene and autopsy photos, the stories of the lives of the victims before, and leading up to, their final days.