Jeanette's storyI felt so guilty that I let him treat me badly. I felt worse and worse. I used to be a good student. Then it was all I could do to come to school.

I started to see Ms. Lauren, the RAPP Coordinator at my school, for counseling. We talked about teen relationship abuse. I saw that what Jamal was doing was abuse, and even if I made a big mistake, I deserved to be treated with respect.

Toward the end of my junior year, I applied to the RAPP Summer Program to become a Peer Leader. I loved it. Being a Peer Leader was my best summer job. I felt like a new person. I felt like a leader. My self-confidence was coming back. The end of the summer was also the end of Jamal and me. I was entering my senior year and I needed to focus on taking care of myself. RAPP totally saved me from that unhealthy relationship.

I still see Ms. Lauren every week for individual counseling. She wrote me a recommendation for Howard University where I hope to be accepted to study psychology so I can help other people the way RAPP helped me.