The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Spotlight on Teen Dating Violence: Culture of Consent

Posted on: 01.03.12

 February 25, 2012, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Location in Atlanta: Georgia Public Broadcasting

Registration for the first 100 teens is ‘free’ and underwritten by Verizon Wireless.

In the last two years, PADV’s Teen Dating Violence Summit has covered topics including bystander intervention, technology safety, and the role the media plays in influencing teen relationships. In 2012, we will be joined by an extraordinary survivor of teen dating violence, Johanna Orozco, who has been seen on Oprah, ABC’s 20/20, and The View. Why was Ms. Orozco selected as the Keynote speaker for PADV’s 2012 Teen Dating Violence Summit? The romance between high school seniors Johanna Orozco and Juan Ruiz Jr. lasted for a year and a half before Ruiz became violent and possessive. After she broke up with him (in 2007), he shot Orozco in the face, a crime that resulted in years of suffering and reconstructive surgeries for the young woman.

Doctors said the fact she survived at all was nothing short of miraculous, according to ABC News. However, Orozco said that throughout her ordeal she never felt sorry for herself. “This happened for a reason, and right now it must be terrible and horrible, but [there is] a good reason why it happened,” she told the news provider. In fact, the 21-year-old now works to turn her story into an example for others by speaking to groups of teenagers, urging girls to leave violent relationships and lobbying for legislation that would provide protection orders for threatened teens, according to the news network.

The day will wrap up with an opportunity for teens to win custom made dresses and men’s wear for prom from American Intercontinental University (AIU).

For more information, contact Laura Barton at 404-870-9615 or

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