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“I started to kind of question why I couldn’t have guy friends or why he always needed to know what I was doing and it would turn into little verbal abusive spats and then it got physical.” KCBS’ Jeffrey Schaub Reports: Her life changed forever one night, at a party.

The boy ultimately entered a rehab program but didn’t serve any time for the assault.

She found that her friends actually alienated her – she believes because the boy was such a popular athlete on campus. She has since landed on the staff at a university in Southern California, where she lectures about teen dating abuse. “There are so many different kinds of abusive relationships that are going on out there and I just hope that my speaking out is going to help people realize and maybe part of my story clicked with you or your daughter.” National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474.

Out of the blue, she recounted, they crossed paths in a bedroom and things turned violent.

“He gave me this look and lifted his leg up and swung it at me, hit me right in the ribs, I flew across the room and hit my head on the wall, was knocked unconscious for six hours, woke up with two bruised ribs and a concussion,” she said.

"Yesterday I received a text message from a man dated last summer who was much older than me who ended up being violent with me.

He asked me a simple question that made me realize the full [extent] with which he looked at me as nothing more than meat," Grace wrote on Instagram.

“It was perfect, you know started as a relationship that you see in the movies,” she recalled.

That quickly changed, with the boyfriend not wanting her to hang out with her friends or to participate in any extracurricular activities. He even started to drive a wedge between the girl and her parents.

I wore contacts that looked like this to play dead in a movie once," she continued.

Beyond the physical effects, she had to miss a friend's goodbye party because she felt too upset, and didn't even want to put this information online — but then decided she didn't want to hide.

Boys and girls who have been victims of dating violence are more likely to get into fights, carry a weapon, use alcohol, use marijuana or cocaine and have sex with multiple partners the study says.