Sarah Honeycutt, a member of our National Youth Advisory Board, was featured on a segment about dating abuse for Fox 11 in Los Angeles. Check it out below.
Thank you for representing loveisrespect, Sarah!
The Associated Press reported that this past Friday, actor Matt Prokop, the ex-boyfriend of actress Sarah Hyland was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the “Modern Family” star after she said he choked and threatened her. Prokop, 24, co-starred with Hyland in the TV movie “Geek Charming” and appeared in one episode of “Modern Family.” He also appeared in “High School Musical 3.”
Hyland, 23, obtained the temporary restraining order after stating in court papers that actor Matt Prokop had been verbally and physically abusive. Hyland wrote that Prokop pinned her to her car in May. “He placed both of his hands around my throat and began to choke me,” Hyland wrote. “His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life.”
Hyland said she did not report the incident to police because Prokop was apologetic and said he would never do it again. However, according to Hyland, the abuse continued when Prokop went to a house she was building and threatened to drive through the garage door, set it on fire, and harm the actress’ dog, the records state.
Fox 11 News in Los Angeles featured a segment on Hyland’s story and turned to National Youth Advisory Board member Sarah Honeycutt for insight on teen and youth dating abuse. Honeycutt told reporter Susan Hirasuna, “One in three young people experiences some sort of abuse before they approach adulthood. And, nationwide, 1.5 million young people experience some sort of abuse from a dating partner.”
While quotes from the court documents mention physical and verbal abuse, Honeycutt says dating abuse can take other forms, like bullying and emotional abuse. She said, “We talk about emotional abuse that can be extreme jealousy, digital abuse, a partner may ask for their information on social media, for iPhone passwords, for access to messages, emails, whatever it might be. Abuse is not just physical.”
Fox 11 reported that young girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24, suffer the highest rate of intimate partner violence, triple the national average.
Hirasuna concluded the story stating, “Both groups believe teaching young girls and boys what’s acceptable dating behavior and what crosses the line may be the key to reducing dating abuse and ultimately domestic violence.”
Write-up by Sarah Honeycutt