Short story about dating violence

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Ali, 22, says she was 17 when a friend sexually assaulted her out of the blue.

"The next day he texted me, ' Did you tell anyone what happened? She hadn't reported the incident, and wouldn't, for almost a year. She was embarrassed, plus she knew they'd make her press charges, and she wasn't sure she was up for that.

Maybe you're worried your friends will take his side.

Or maybe you're not certain if an incident is even reportable.

"A lot of girls who have been assaulted within the dating context aren't sure the word the other person," says Colby Bruno, an attorney at the nonprofit Victim Rights Law Center, which works with many teenage victims of sexual violence.

"But even if you're in an intimate relationship with him, no still means no.

"Just a friend," Chloe says, "but Josh didn't like it." He ran out of the house, and when she followed him, he grabbed her by the neck and began to choke her.She didn't ask questions she wasn't sure Josh wanted to answer, or make plans with friends before checking with him first."I thought a fight wasn't worth it," she says."You might sort of laugh because it's unbelievable, but you still have a weird feeling.And you have to trust your gut that if something feels weird or inappropriate, it probably is."That said, it may be hard to tell if someone is going to turn violent until they do.

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