Abuse can be verbal/emotional, physical andor sexual. Everyone has a right to feel safe in their relationship! 1/3 of high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship (sexually, emotionallverbally, andor physically).Only 33% of teens who were in abusive relationships told anyone.6 out of 10 rapes of young women occur in their own home or a friend or relative’s home, not in a dark alley.Nearly 1/4 of girls who have been in a relationship reported going further sexually than they wanted as a result of pressure.Dating abuse happens to young people from every socio-economic group regardless of race, religion, academic ability or economic background. Use clear language to describe what you see is happening. Tactics used in youth dating abuse include one or more of the following: There are many reasons why teens don’t tell parents about the abuse. Acknowledge that they are in a very difficult and scary situation. They are often afraid of retaliation from their partner for telling.
They may be embarrassed or ashamed, and may blame themselves. Tell them that you are concerned for their safety and well-being and that you are there for them. They may be afraid their parents will make them break up, convinced that it is their fault or that their parents will blame them or be disappointed in them, and afraid of losing privileges. Ask them what they would like to have happen..can you help them be safe. Educate yourself—access online resources, read, call Caring Unlimited for information and/or support for yourself! Dating Violence is the leading cause of injury to women.58% of rape survivors report being raped between ages of 12-24.Dating abuse is a pattern of behavior, attitudes and beliefs that seek to exert power and control over another person in a dating relationship.
A dating relationship is defined as a person involved in an intimate or romantic association with another person, regardless of length or exclusivity of the relationship.