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Meeting Judge Pirro by Katie W.

Katie with Judge Pirro

In 2009, singer Rihanna became a victim of dating abuse as a result of her boyfriend, rap artist Chris Brown, physically abusing her. It set off a trigger in the media that dating violence was happening a lot more. I want to know what sets off a person’s mind to ever think of putting their hands on another person, especially one they say they love.

My mom started to date a guy about three years ago, he was nice at first. Then, as they were together longer he put his hands on her. He did it a lot, when we would ask him to go, he would stay and harass us. Soon it got to the point of where he kicked her in her back while she was pregnant with my sister. It was horrible. We called the cops several times on him but he violated protective orders. He even got mad at me and cussed at me a lot and didn't go to jail, but thankfully we had help from the legal system! I felt as if I had no one to turn to, nobody to tell or say anything too. My family tried to help but my mom wouldn't listen to the advice they gave her to help me.

Then, I started watching Judge Jeanine Pirro's TV show. She is an advocate for women, children and senior citizens, and of course domestic violence. She even started one of the 1st domestic violence units in the nation! I started talking to her via Twitter. I told her my problems and she helped me through a lot. She taught me and her audience more about domestic violence and teen dating abuse. I also got the chance to meet her and be apart of her show and got to learn about helping kids and people in my community who are victims. She even helped me to decide what I want to do with my life; become a judge and a prosecuting attorney so I can help victims and fight for the underdog.

A lot of teens are in a stage of trying to find the right guy to date and won't leave him/ her no matter what, even if there is physical, emotional, abuse. One quote that is true in most cases from Judge Pirro is that "the first beating is not the last beating", for teens and adults, if they get hit once, they make an excuse for their partner. Well, it's time the teens take a stand and try and kick domestic violence/dating abuse to the curb, help those who need it, and educate others. My advice for other teens who are in a bad relationship is that there are plenty of guys/girls out there and if you’re in an abusive relationship, get out now before something really bad happens. Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself, stay strong, and ask for help! Lets start 2011 off in helping, empowering, and kicking abuse and violence to the curb!!

 Stay strong, Katie W.(:  


About Katie in her own words!

My name is Katie. I am 14 years old. Beside advocating for domestic violence and enjoying law and politics, I like to spend time with my family and friends. I love music and to sing. I like to shop, watch sitcoms, the news, court shows, older shows, and play with my dogs. A quote that I hear often is," Grow where you’re planted." It's a word of advice from my grandmother, it helps me focus on the now and help people as much as I can today by working hard. I want to help and inspire people as much as I can. I see myself doing this for the rest of my life.