'OUTRAGED' AT VIOLENCE: Healthy relationships become a passionate plea for task force

COLUMBIA CITY — “Dating violence is not acceptable.” This is the message the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF) is trying to impress on students and will convey in a dramatic presentation in March.“The media has really made us numb to the violence in relationships,” said Natalie Lewis, interim president on the board of WCDVTF. “On TV, the domestic or dating violence story always has a happy ending, but that isn’t true to life.”February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and the task force will be joining with Mayor Ryan Daniel, Feb. 12, to present a proclamation against dating violence. Columbia City High School will introduce statistics throughout the school day and posters will add a visual component to the awareness campaign.In March, teens from across the county will present an educational theatrical performance to addresses the topic of teen dating violence and sexual assault. A performance date for “Outrage” is currently being determined for CCHS with a possible performance slated at Indian Springs Middle School for eighth graders.According to Lewis, preventing teen violence is a precursor to minimizing the likely hood of domestic violence. Generating awareness isn’t all about pointing out the one being abused. Lewis wants to equip those from the outside with the steps to help should they notice someone in a violent relationship.When it comes to reaching teenagers on the subject, Lewis wants to change the trend and teach teens that violence is not humorous.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 28 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.