Later this year, dating violence education will be incorporated into the health curriculum for all public middle and high schools in Rhode Island under a new law named after Lindsay Ann Burke, who was murdered in 2005 by her ex-boyfriend. The initiative was led by Burke's's parents, who run a memorial fund to raise money for dating violence workshops, and was supported by R.I. Attorney General Patrick Lynch, who says, "You teach sex ed, you teach 'don't do drugs,' you teach 'don't drink,' you should also be teaching 'don't be a victim of domestic violence.'" The curriculum focuses on both nurturing good relationships and avoiding abusive ones. Rhode Island is the first state to mandate that domestic violence education be in the annual curriculum for students in 7th to 12th grade, but the law is gaining traction around the country. [NPR]
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