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Preventing teen dating violence: Documentary ‘Audrie and Daisy’ to screen at Riverhead library on Feb. 27

Audrie and Daisy Courtesy photo: Netflix

“Two girls living on opposite sides of the United States were raped the same year. Both were blamed, both suffered from relentless abuse when they were the victims. Both attempted suicide. One failed, the other didn’t.”

Those words describe the background behind a documentary about teen dating violence called “Audrie and Daisy.”

February is teen dating violence awareness month. On Tuesday, Feb. 27 “Audrie and Daisy” will be screened at the Riverhead Free Library beginning at 6 p.m. with an introduction and the film. At 7:30 there will be a panel discussion.

The film showing is sponsored by the Suffolk County Task Force to Prevent Family Violence. The event is free and open to the public but the film poster includes a warning that the film “includes content related to sexual violence and may be upsetting to some viewers. Support will be available during and after the event.”

Because the film covers cyberbullying and other material affecting teens today, it is valuable to educators, parents and adults who work with adolescents.