Acton Murder Shows the Dangers of Escalating Abusive Behavior

Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Rape, Suicide, Harm of a Child, and Murder.

Our hearts go out to the family of Christina, a 16-year-old girl from Acton, MA who was killed by her stepfather in a suspected murder-suicide on Thursday, May 30.

When abusers feel like they’re losing control, their behavior often escalates, sometimes resulting in heartbreaking cases like what happened with Christina. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing sexual/domestic abuse, you can reach out to the following organizations:

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) Hotline: 1-800-841-8371

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-899-4000