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Healthy relationships the focus of Penn State Abington presentation

Kristin Mitchell sent this text to her boyfriend: "You are being ridiculous... why can't I do something with my friends?" Hours later, he murdered her. As shocking as this already is, a twist to this story elicited gasps from the Penn State Abington students in the audience: Kristin's boyfriend had never been physically violent until the night he stabbed her to death in 2005. With a framed picture of the smiling young woman perched nearby, Diane Kinney of Aldersgate Youth Services explained that Kristin didn't know a classic red flag for dating violence is controlling behavior. Last week, Kinney facilitated a program called "Healthy Relationships and Dating Violence," part of the wellness series offered free to Abington students.