Teen dating violence is a major public health concern, with about 1 in 10 teens experiencing physical violence or sexual coercion, and even higher rates of psychological abuse.
Some progress toward awareness, prevention, and intervention with these youth has been made.
Unfortunately, we have far to go in raising awareness of this problem; 81% of parents believe that teen dating violence isn’t an issue.
Additionally, teens aren’t seeking out the help being offered.
is a pattern of actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, financial, verbal/emotional abuse, sexual or reproductive coercion, social sabotage, and/or sexual harassment perpetrated by an adolescent against a current or former partner or a person with whom the teen has some kind of intimate relationship.
While it’s necessary to educate young people about the warning signs and impact of abusive relationships, it’s at least equally productive to talk with them about relationship rights, respect and the dynamics of healthy relationships.
Additionally, many people who batter do not drink heavily and many alcoholics do not beat their partners.
Furthermore, abuse and violence within the dating relationship can have a serious detrimental impact on the victims.
“It can negatively influence the development of healthy sexuality, intimacy, and identity as youth grow into adulthood and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.”However, while the statistics clearly demonstrate the severity of the problem, many people simply aren’t aware of its prevalence or its impact.
And having sex to keep someone interested can backfire or worse.
Remember, having sex even once can result in an unplanned pregnancy, an STD (sexually transmitted disease) or both!