"I hope that other girls don't have to go through this," Sara said.
"If I hadn't told my cousin what happened, I would probably still be with him or someone like him.
"It seems only fitting to release this booklet on Valentine's Day, a day that many choose to celebrate the love that they have for a significant other," said Katie Mc Minn with the Utah Department of Health's Violence and Injury Prevention Program.
"Unfortunately, for too many of our young people, this love is often fraught with fear, humiliation and violence." Sara, who is 16 and lives in Sandy, was 14 when she said she became involved with a 17-year-old boy who repeatedly forced her to have sex with him.
The Office on Domestic and Sexual Violence is the States Office that works on issues that deal with domestic violence, rape and sexual assault and dating violence.
SALT LAKE CITY -- In the aftermath of a spate of domestic violence-related murders with ties to Utah, victim advocates are scrambling to get the word out about resources to help prevent killings.
They're also calling attention to Utah's high levels of domestic violence.
But these behaviors can set the stage for more serious violence like physical assault and rape. Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking.
It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner.