She should be carefree and having fun, but that was far from the truth! Teen Dating Violence is defined as the psychological, emotional, physical, and sexual violence that occurs within a dating relationship. She knew she had to break the cycle; she knew she needed help; she knew she deserved better. This month marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.Just like with bullying, the use of technology makes escaping an abusive partner difficult and it can continue 24/7.If not deterred early, victims can suffer from long-term effects, such as: • decline in academic performance • susceptibility to alcohol or drug use • depression • self-harm • suicide attempts • future relationships with abusive partners What the Statistics say about Teen Dating Violence One in three American youths between the ages of 14 and 20 years have been victims of teen violence or have been violent toward a date (American Psychological Association's 121st Annual Convention). It was like she was living inside her worst nightmare.In this form of relationship bullying can occur during face-to-face encounters and electronically.
Approximately 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who were victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner, first experienced some kind of dating violence between the ages of 11 and 17 years.Misuse of technology is another problem plaguing our youth today.Between social media, texts, cell phones, and other communication apps, dating abuse can become a vicious cycle that never ends.Learning how to assert oneself is important in deterring teen violence.Parents, it is never too early to help your child know that he/she has rights.