'It's never your fault'; Dating violence survivor shares her story with Averett students


    Brittney Bogues speaks to a packed auditorium of Averett students. (WSET)

    DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- The Association of American Universities says one in five college students will become a victim of dating violence or sexual assault.

    It's why more and more colleges and universities are encouraging students to speak out.

    Averett University is taking part in the Red Flag Campaign this month to take a stand against dating violence.

    The college is spending the month of October educating students on unhealthy and healthy behaviors in relationships.

    On Tuesday night, Brittney Bogues told her horrifying story to a packed Pritchett Auditorium.

    She says she was choked by an ex-boyfriend years ago and it scarred her.

    She says she didn't tell her story for a long time because her father was in the NBA and she was afraid it would hurt his reputation.

    But after hearing stories from other survivors, she decided to tell hers.

    "It's not really my burden to carry," Bogues said. "It's never your fault so you have faith in that and know that you can get through anything as long as you believe in yourself and also know that you're not alone."

    Bogues says that victims should not suffer in silence and that coming forward is best thing to do.

    If you're a victim of domestic violence and need help, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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