Help end teen dating violence

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 22 at 11:37 AM

PHOENIX – You’ve heard of domestic violence. You or somebody you know might have been directly affected it by it. What you might not realize it that it’s not just an adult issue. Teens deal with violence in relationships, too, and their families often don’t know about it until it’s too late.

Kaity Sudberry was a senior at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix when her ex-boyfriend shot and killed her. He then turned the gun on himself. That was January 28, 2008.

Since her daughter’s death, Bobbi Sudberry has dedicated herself to helping other teens who might be in trouble so their families don’t suffer as hers has.

To that end, she created a special organization in her daughter’s honor. It’s a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation called Kaity’s Way, and its express purpose is to provide assistance to children of all ages subjected to or involved in violent relationships.

The mission of Kaity’s Way is to promote understanding and educate the community to lessen the instances of violence among or against children through P.E.A.C.E. (Patience, Empathy, Acceptance, Caring and Equality).

The keys, Sudberry says, are education and communication.

Kaity’s Way is hosting a fundraiser this weekend. Celebrities Step Against Teen Dating Violence II is Saturday, July 23, 5 p.m., at Talking Stick Resort at Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road.

To purchase tickets, visit celebritiesforkaitysway.eventbrite.com.   For more information about Kaity’s Way, call 602-740-2734 or visit www.kaitysway.org.

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