Sign of dating violence
Another scary fact tells us that violent behaviors within a dating relationship are occurring at earlier and earlier ages as younger and younger children start dating.One study reports that 25% of 8 graders say they’ve been victims of dating violence. While any amount of abuse is too much and worthy of our attention, the fact that this many students engage in abusive relationships at such a young age should serve as a warning sign that teen dating violence is a serious issue, and we can’t ignore it.
Did you know that in a recent national survey, 1 in 10 teens reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the 12 months before the survey?Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life.Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.Because relationships exist on a spectrum, it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive.It's important to realize that an abusive boyfriend or girlfriend can use physical or emotional attacks and that emotional abuse can be as serious as physical abuse. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
That is why adults need to talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
A 16-year-old verbally abusing and emotionally controlling his girlfriend after class might make for a less dramatic mental image than our glamorous celebrity examples, but it doesn’t deserve our attention any less.
Statistics tell us that most victims of dating violence are girls between the ages of 16 and 24.
Let’s take another look at that 16-year-old and his girlfriend.
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