In 1992, a Cincinatti couple’s daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend who had been stalking her. Tuesday, the couple made a visit to Zanesville to speak about the importance of recognizing teen dating violence
Speaking to Zane State and OU-Z students Tuesday, the Crouchers discussed what teen dating violence is, how to recognize it, and what to do if you’re in a violent situation. The Croucher’s also talked about their push for the passage of House Bill 19, a piece of legislation aimed at educating 7th to 12th graders on the issue.
"the sad thing about it. It’s a shame when you have to go to your state legislators and say hey, we need to legislate respect, and that’s the key," said Jim Croucher.
The Crouchers say dating violence wasn’t even talked about until the OJ Simpson case surfaced. But now that it is recognized, the Croucher’s have an important message to send to southeast Ohio.
"The moms, dads, grandparents, teachers, administrators, get on top of it. You’re going to save somebody’s life," said Jim Croucher.
The Croucher’s have been promoting awareness and speaking about the issue since 1997.