Justice for teens
Shyneera's Law signed into law March 17
Updated: Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010, 11:49 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010, 11:47 PM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WUPW) - After years of fighting, Cheryl Rucker of Toledo has secured justice for teen victims of dating violence.
In 2005 Shyneera Grant's ex-boyfriend shot and killed her and then turned the gun on himself.
Rucker, Shyneera's mother, has been pushing for laws to protect young victims. She'll be in Columbus Wednesday to sign Senate Bill Ten into law, a dating violence bill known as Shyneera's Law.
Once signed, teens will have the same protections as adults when it comes to dating and domestic violence.
"Now you can get help," Rucker said. "You don't have to be sitting where I'm sitting. That was my only child and I've gotten through some of the pain, but it's a hard process. I miss my daughter but they don't have to go through the same thing I've gone through."
State Rep. Edna Brown has also helped with this bill.
Teens will now be able to get protection orders, be assigned an advocate, and get counseling.
Rucker believes if she and her daughter's ex-boyfriend would've received counseling, they would both be alive.