The Yellow Dress is a powerful and dramatic performance where the audience is introduced to Anna, a senior in high school on the night of her prom. While deciding what to wear to prom, Anna reflects on her relationship with her boyfriend Rick. The audience is lead through the seemingly innocent budding of young love which evolves into a jealous, controlling, and physically abusive relationship. Anna becomes isolated from her family and friends while caught in this cycle of violence with Rick. Anna Eventually realizes she needs help, but is too afraid to accept it. By the end of the performance Anna builds up the courage to break up with Rick, but not before a shocking twist no one in the audience will see coming.
Statewide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of domestic violence. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. In September Alone the Wakefield Police Department has responded to 24 domestic disturbances, had 25 calls for service regarding domestic issues and concerns, and 3 arrests were made for domestic assault and battery. According to the 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 6.1% of WHS students reported that they had been hurt physically or sexually by a date or someone they were going out with and 8% of WHS students reported that someone had sexual contact with them against their will.
Although this presentation is primarily for parents of high school students, parents of all school-age children are invited to attend. It is our hope that by parents viewing The Yellow Dress, it will help raise awareness of the very real problem of teen dating violence, domestic violence, and allow parents to start a dialogue with their sons and daughters regarding these issues. Witnessing violence between one’s parents is one of the strongest risk factors associated with violent behavior in the next generation. With everyone’s help, we can work to stop the root causes of relationship violence, and assist those whose lives are already affected by this very serious problem. Do you know someone who needs help? Contact RESPOND inc. 24/7 at 617-623-5900.