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Parents of Murdered Dating Violence Victim, Legislators, and Teachers Unite to Launch 'MADE' - Moms and Dads for Education to Stop Teen Dating Abuse
Date:12/2/2008

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, advocates for teen dating violence education from across the country are coming together at Liz Claiborne Inc. to launch 'MADE' -- Moms and Dads for Education to Stop Teen Dating Abuse. Ann and Chris Burke, educators and parents of Lindsay Ann Burke who was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend, are joining efforts with Liz Claiborne Inc. and Redbook magazine on this national coalition that will consist of parents, teachers and concerned citizens who are advocating for every high school and middle school in the country to teach a curriculum about preventing dating relationship violence and abuse.

NAAG President, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, National Foundation for Women Legislators President Robin Read, Redbook Editor-in-Chief Stacy Morrison and New York City students and teachers are joining the Burkes today at Liz Claiborne Inc. to support this new nationwide initiative. Together, they will urge parents across the country to take action by signing the online MADE petition and to work within their state to encourage legislation for teen dating violence education.

"It is time for all parents to make the commitment and address teen dating violence as a serious health issue," said Ann Burke. "I want to show all parents and teachers that having legislation passed is possible. With the help of Attorney General Lynch, Rhode Island middle and high school students are now receiving the education they deserve. I want to see teens in all 50 states educated on this issue."

At their annual meeting in June, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) passed the Teen Dating Violence Resolution. This resolution endorsed the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, legislation proposed by Attorney General Lynch and passed in Rhode Island in 2007 that mandates dating violence education for middle and high school students in all of the state's school dist
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