By Kait Walsh Published: June 14, 2017, 12:08 pm Updated: June 14, 2017, 1:34 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Domestic violence is all around us, but the warning signs often go undetected.
The focus of the second annual Safe Campus Summit at UMass Springfield was domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. The summit was hosted by Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni in partnership with the Massachusetts Teachers Association, UMass Springfield, and the National Education Association. The all-day event was designed to teach education professionals how to help students in need.
The summit began with the tragic story of Mariah Girouard, who was forced to watch her ex-boyfriend kill her mother after she was in an unhealthy relationship with him for years. “She used all of her energy to move her eyes in the direction of the door,” recalled Girouard of her mother’s last moments alive. “In hindsight, I realized there were a lot of red flags that I had missed,” Girouard told 22News.