KMF Presentation at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis

February 13th, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Director of Guidance, Mrs. Megan Bowers, introduced KMF President Bill Mitchell to female students grades 9-12 at an assembly yesterday morning at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis.

Mr. Mitchell showed a video his foundation created, and then he spoke in great depth about his daughter, Kristin, who was murdered by her boyfriend in June 2005. In his speech the assembly was able to understand how something so tragic could happen to a wonderful young woman. He also provided students with the tragic account of the realities of dating violence in our times. After the speech, there were many audience questions about this important issue.

Mr. Mitchell gave real-life examples of dating abuse he had gathered from years of focus. The student audience heard true stories about young women who had experienced dating abuse firsthand, but found ways to get help and stay safe. Mr. Mitchell discussed warning signs that save lives, and he disseminated warning signs cards the Kristin Mitchell Foundation had created.

After the assembly, Mr. Mitchell said, ”I don’t think there’s a more powerful way to get this message out than to spend time with people and talk it through. In 2005, we knew nothing about dating violence until Kristin was killed. Today we’re speaking out on this issue and we’re seeing immediate results. For us, it’s about contact. It’s about getting in front of those who could be affected and doing something. It’s hard, but it’s necessary. and it’s exactly what we feel our daughter would want: to save people.”

Mr. Mitchell always covers these main points about dating violence: It’s about one person attempting to control another. That if something feels wrong – assume it is wrong. Get immediate professional assistance. And breaking up is the most-dangerous time. The importance of this issue is what most the assembly will remember about yesterday’s presentation.

In the spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s High School, grades 9-12, is dedicated to academic excellence and to the preparation of each student for secondary education.

2 Responses to “KMF Presentation at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis”

  1. Georgia Wyatt Says:

    I thought the talk was excellent. The girls paid rapt attention to Mr. Mitchell and asked very good questions. The only suggestion I would make is to remind the girls that an abuser doesn’t start right out with abuse. It is insidious. He will be very loving and complimentary until he feels like he has you emotionally. THAT’S when the abuse begins to trickle into the relationship. By then, you are hooked.

  2. bmitchell Says:

    Thank you for your note. The feedback we’ve gotten has been very positive, which makes these speeches priceless in the good they can do. — Bill MItchell

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