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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Teen Relationships Gone Bad

Abusive relationships can start off little and turn into something beyond imagination. A lot of teens don't even realize that there relationship is turning into violence or are in denial of it.

Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behavior whether it is emotional, mental, verbal, financial, physical, sexual, or social abuse.

Both females and males can be the one getting abused or be the one who is being abusive. Sometimes teen boys believe they have the right to 'control' their partner over anything. Also some believe they will lose respect if they are supportive of their partner. Many teen girls believe that they are responsible for solving the problems in their relationship. Some think that their boyfriend's jealously, possessiveness, and physical abuse are 'romantic.'

Signs that your relationship could turn into an abusive relationship:

-extreme jealousy -controlling behavior

-explosive anger -threatens violence

You will hear people talk about abusive teen relationships, or even see it on TV but you never think it will happen to you or people you know. Think again. The statistics of dating violence are outrageous! Here are a few that might make you think twice:

-About one in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship.

-Forty percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.

-More than half young women raped (68 percent) knew their rapist either as a boyfriend, friend or casual acquaintance.

If you or someone you knew is in an abusive relationship get help. Don't be afraid to talk to anyone.

1 comment:

  1. This is a really important topic, Briana, thanks for bringing it to our community to talk about. Do you think that this happens often in High School relationships?