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Drama on teen dating violence to be presented May 3


Ten LaGrange County teens are bringing a powerful drama about teen dating violence, “The Outrage,” to Lakeland, Prairie Heights and Westview high school juniors and seniors this spring. The drama will be presented to the public in a free event beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the LaGrange Church of God. The church is located at 777 N. Detroit St. in LaGrange.

The 20-minute drama includes facts about violence among teens. It will be followed up by presentations from Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center and several other agencies providing support and services for teens in this area. Information about these agencies as well as light refreshments will be available after the performance.

Sarah Rogers of LaGrange is director of the award-winning drama. The cast includes Robin Purlee and Avery Glick from Lakeland High School, Keenan Crotty, Kyle Baker, Erika Byler, and Briauna Wisler from Westview High School, Kiska Carr and MacKenna McGraw from Prairie Heights High School, and homeschooled senior David Rogers.

The name of the play is taken from the phrase “If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.” It was written by Allison Basinger, education and prevention advocate at SAFEHOME, Inc., of Johnson County, Kan. The drama has garnered numerous awards and has been presented before the National Summit on Gender-Based Violence Among Young People. These are the first performances of “The Outrage” in Indiana.

Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center of LaGrange is a not-for-profit agency committed to peace and non-violence in the home and community. The agency works to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, as well as create awareness on the issue relationship violence. “The Outrage” is funded by grants awarded to Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center by LaGrange County REMC's Round-Up initiative and by L.I.F.E. (LaGrange Independent Foundation for Endowments).