Johanna: Facing Forward

Johanna: Facing Forward

A look at what can happen in abusive relationships, and the medical, legal, and emotional aftermath of a teenager getting shot by her boyfriend.

When teenager Johanna Orozco was shot by her boyfriend, Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Rachel Dissell and photographer Gus Chan spent six months on this project that lead to nine major stories in the newspaper. The series called attention to what can happen in abusive relationships. The unusual use of animated graphics to open the online story takes viewers right into the issues faced by the medical team. Johanna’s story is told from multiple points of view, including the head of surgery. Other chapters, containing audio slideshows of varying lengths, include the sentencing of the shooter and a one-year follow-up that tells readers of Johanna starting college. There are also podcasts.

Photography: Gus Chan

Reporting and audio: Rachel Dissell

Animated graphics: William Neff

SEE ALSO:

Video: Johanna in court as Ruiz is sentenced | Photo gallery

ONLINE-ONLY EXTRAS

Multimedia slideshows: Follow Johanna on her race to the hospital through the day her attacker admitted his guilt in court

Podcast: Chapter 1 – A desperate plea to remain alive

Podcast: Chapter 2 – A tender bond turns abusive

Podcast: Chapter 3 – A young life shattered

Podcast: Chapter 4 – Time to start the mending

Podcast: Chapter 5 – Surgery begins to shape future

Podcast: Chapter 6: Heading home, yet still afraid

Podcast: Chapter 7: Prom becomes a royal night

Podcast: Chapter 8: Finally, some relief

Subscribe: Get podcasts via iTunes

In Johanna’s Words: Read her poems and excerpts from her journal

Letter: Juan Ruiz writes to Juanita Orozco, Johanna’s grandmother

Audio: Johanna’s 9-1-1 call ten days before the attack

SERIES:

Day One

A desperate plea to remain alive

Source notes | Download a podcast version of part one’s story

Day Two

A tender bond turns abusive

Source notes | Download a podcast version of part two’s story

Day Three

A young life shattered

Source notes | Download a podcast version of part three’s story

Day Four

Time to start the mending

Source notes | Download a podcast version of part four’s story

Day Five

Surgery begins to shape the future

• Chapter 5: Podcast 5

Day Six

Heading home, yet still afraid

• Chapter 6: Podcast 6

Day Seven

Prom becomes a royal night

• Chapter 7: Podcast 7

Day Eight

Finally, some relief for Johanna

• Chapter 8: Podcast 8

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