When hormones start to bloom, the libido is quick to follow. So what do you do if your teenager wants to have sex at home? Do you let him or her do it under your roof? Or do you categorically forbid it?
My son Enrique was 14. He had come out at school and had been speed-dating middle school boys that fall. "Dating" mostly meant texting or going to a movie. The turnover of boyfriends seemed innocent... but Tom was different.
Cindi Santana and her family did everything right to ensure her safety and the system failed them. Responding to dating abuse requires parents, schools, community leaders, law enforcement and elected officials to work together.