Teen dating violence Teen dating violence is becoming a huge issue among schools across the nation. In fact most teens don’t even think their relationships are abusive or they know but they are too scared to do anything about it. Teen dating violence is on the rise. This violence spans across all socioeconomic levels and knows no race. Even famous people can be victims of dating violence. Dating violence is a real issue and needs to be addressed in all schools and workplaces across the nation. Teen dating violence is on the rise and is ultimately one of the biggest issues among teens and adolescents today.
Teen dating violence can be defined in many ways it can be anything from a pinch to telling your girlfriend/boyfriend they’re worthless. There are many types of teen dating violence here are 4 •Physical- is when the partner is being pinched, hit, shoved, tripped etc. •Emotional-this means threatening a partner or harming his or her sense of self worth •Sexual- this is forcing a partner to engage in a sex act when she or he does not or cannot consent. •Stalking- this referrers to a pattern of harassing or threating tactics used by a perpetrator that is both unwanted and causes fear in the victim. 0% of teens have reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past 12 months. Nearly one-half of adult sex offenders report committing their first sexual offences prior to the age of 18. Between 1993 and 1999, 22% of all homicides against females ages 16-19 were committed by an intimate partner these are real numbers and facts the violence hides from no one. Teen dating violence is a public health issue. A lot of teens who experience dating violence often stop making school their number one priority and grades start to slip as they get depressed.
They also might experience high anxiety levels because of what there abuser might say to them or do to them. Many teens do not feel as if they can tell someone about what is going on because they are afraid of the outcome if their abuser finds out. No teen is insusceptible to teen dating violence, but the ones that run more of a risk are teens who have •Trauma symptoms •Alcohol use •Having a friend involved in teen dating violence •Having problem behaviors in other areas •Belief that dating violence is acceptable •Exposure to harsh parenting •Exposure to inconsistent discipline Lack of parental supervision, monitoring, and warmth So if you have been exposed to something above statically you have more of a chance harming your partner. A lot of teens think that it will never happen to them even though 40% of teenage girls (14 to 17) know someone their age that has suffered from dating violence. And 80% of all girls who have been physically abused in their relationship continue to date their partner. There are a few different reasons for this one is there abuser won’t let them leave the relationship and mentally destroys the victims mind and makes them think that they cannot do any better.
Also some victims are deeply in love with their partner and have high hopes on the situation getting better which usually progressively gets worse. The media plays huge roles in the ongoing issue magazines newspapers television all make teen dating violence and dating violence seem justifiable when its not. All the time you will see or hear about some famous star that was a victim of dating violence like Chris brown when he allegedly beat up Rihanna, or when Charlie sheen beat and abused his wife he was all over the news for weeks and still is today.
What the media need to do is try to get a message out to the youth that teen violence is not a joke and it is not something to be taken lightly. One of my friends was a victim of teen dating violence, he was driving in his car and he had said something that made his girlfriend mad and she started punching him in the face repeatedly and did not stop until his face was beat red and bleeding he had black and blue marks all over his face. Its really sad to hear story’s of some teen that don’t care what happens my friend was driving on a highway je could have turned the wheel and both of them could have died.
That’s why teens need to learn that its not healthy and some need to get help. I know another friend that almost got arrested and went to jail because his ex-girlfriend put a TRO (temporary restraining order) and the accusations that were made in the TRO were that he stalked her hit her mentally abused her and raped her all of the allegations she had made were false. Its sad that teens are more and more like adults and have to deal with stuff like this now.
Teens should be worrying about their studies and other teenage things not if their boyfriend is going to hurt them or girlfriend is going to get jealous if they’re talking to another girl. Teen violence is one of the biggest issues among teens and it is most defiantly getting worse, young teens are scared to talk to adults so if you see any signs of a distressed teen ask them and maybe make a bonded friendship with them because you could save that child’s life by getting them away from a potentially dangerous situation. This is something that parents need to be educated on as well because they should have the ability to see them first.