Shynerra’s Law protects youth


State Representative Edna Brown is making needed change when it comes to combating teen dating violence. In March, her bill to give young people the opportunity to file for protection orders in Juvenile Court was approved by the Ohio House of Representatives and soon after signed by Governor Ted Strickland. The new legislation, called “Shynerra’s Law,” is named in honor of 17-year-old Start High School graduate Shynerra Grant, who died at the hands of an 18-year-old man she once dated. When Shynerra tried to end the relationship, the young man continuously harassed and injured her until taking her life in 2005. Shynerra had received a “no contact” order against her ex-boyfriend (restricting him from coming into physical contact with her), but protective orders (restraining orders) were only available in court for adults. The new law, effective in mid-June, will also allow an adult family member to file for a protection order on behalf of another household member.