AUSTIN, Texas — On Christmas Eve, political consultant Bill Miller went into protective father mode as he read about yet another allegation of an athlete committing a violent act against a woman.
"It just struck me that I have to do something. This was the time," Miller said. "With all that was going on in the news and the trend line, someone had to stand up and get things moving in the other direction."
That set the father of two college-age daughters on a mission to work with the state's coaches to develop an awareness video aimed at educating teens — both males and females — about boundaries and respect.
Last week, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced the video, called Protect Her Project, as a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country that will be made available to all high schools next school year.
The Texas High School Coaches Association is leading the efforts to raise $250,000 to produce the video and have it done by the group's July conference.
Preventing violence against women is something that should be talked about in all areas of the community, Miller said.
He focused efforts at the middle school and high school levels, where impressionable teens can best be influenced at the same time they start having their first relationships.