A tragic teenager who killed herself after her boyfriend subjected her to abuse and violence will become the face of a national campaign in a bid to save lives.
Emily Drouet is set to feature on posters and help cards launched by the National Union of Students.
She was just 18 when she died in March last year after suffering mental and physical abuse at the hands of Angus Milligan.
The posters will show messages Emily sent to friends during the abusive relationship, reports the Mirror Online .
In July, Milligan, who is a direct descendant of industrialist Andrew Carnegie and whose grandfather was one of Scotland’s top judges, was sentenced to just 180 hours’ community service for abusing Emily.
The 21-year-old injured the teen, who was in her first year of a law degree, by choking her, pushing her against a desk and slapping her face.
The psychology student also sent vicious texts branding her a “slut”, “b****” and “freak”.
The campaign will be launched days after Milligan sparked fury by attending a St Andrew’s Night ball in Aberdeen despite being kicked off his course following his conviction for the horrific assault on 18-year-old Emily.
Her mother, Fiona, 45, is backing the NUS campaign, saying the need to address the issue was now stronger than ever.
She said: “If Angus Milligan can attend a ball for university students months after being convicted of assault then that shows that the message is not getting across.
“Young women and men need to recognise what domestic violence is and seek help. And their friends and fellow students need to understand the signs and start talking about this.
“The parameters of what is a normal relationship in some young people have become so blurred that we need to have these conversations.
“It’s a myth that domestic violence happens to older women, just as it is a myth that it doesn’t happen to men. Young people need to understand that if they see something that is not right, they need to do something.”
Aberdeen Sheriff Malcolm Garden branded Milligan “controlling” with an “ultimately violent approach” but said he was powerless to impose a custodial sentence.
After he walked free, Emily’s furious parents, Fiona and dad Germain, who live in Glasgow, claimed Milligan’s violent actions had driven their daughter to suicide.
Fiona, who has launched a petition to improve funding for students affected by gender-based violence, has already had a student going to Women’s Aid after recognising she had endured it at university.
She said: “She had heard me speak about Emily and came forward.
“It’s made me realise how important this is.”
The NUS campaign will be launched on Wednesday and they hope it will spark a national debate.
Women’s officer Shuwanna Aaron said: “We need to end the horror of gender-based violence in our colleges and universities.
“We need to see staff training at every campus, so they’re able to act on gender-based violence. Students too need access to training.
“And we need to ensure counselling services, and other services to support students who’ve experienced these crimes, are clearly signposted and given the funding they need.”
Under the hashtag #emilytest, the NUS campaign has the backing of some of the country’s biggest universities.
They hope students in a difficult or abusive relationship may recognise some of the signs in the posters and seek help.