Paige Madden, the reigning Miss West Virginia, visited Logan High School recently to talk to juniors and seniors about domestic and dating violence. Madden explained to students how one in four women will be a victim of domestic or dating abuse and that one in 10 high school students will be purposefully hit by a significant other.
She also talked about digital abuse and internet stalking and warned students, “Any time you put something into the digital world, then your privacy is somewhat relinquished.”
Students were encouraged to recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship and to not take it lightly if someone is controlling or over-protective.
Madden says she was drawn to this platform because her grandmother was an advocate for raising awareness about domestic violence and her mother was a victim. She urges students to talk about the issue.
“The only way to end domestic violence is to be aware of it and talk about it.”
Miss West Virginia Paige Madden is a native of Moundsville, West Virginia, and she is currently a senior television journalism student at West Virginia University.