Performance Raises Awareness Of Teen Dating Violence To Honor Wayland Victim

CBS Boston

LEXINGTON (CBS) – A performance to draw attention to teen dating violence was presented in Lexington Saturday in honor of Lauren Astley, the Wayland teen who was killed in 2011 by her ex-boyfriend Nathaniel Fujita.

Lauren’s father, Dr. Malcolm Astley, took part in the performance of “Break the Silence” at Jonas Clarke Middle School in Lexington.

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“There’s a permanent hard part in it all but I think Lauren’s mother and I keep trying to harness it to take it to prevention,” he said.

“Kids know it first what’s going on and they need to have trusted channels to pass that information on to people who can intervene if necessary.”

The show focused on all aspects of teen domestic violence such as warning signs to look out for and how to prevent it.

“When someone is in an abusive relationship they are being controlled by their partner,” explained…

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