Further, teenage victims of dating violence are more likely than their non-abused peers to smoke, use drugs, engage in unhealthy dieting (e.g., taking diet pills or laxatives, vomiting to lose weight), engage in risky sexual behaviors, and attempt or consider suicide.
A 2009 study of sixth-grade students found that 25% thought it was acceptable for boys to hit their girlfriends.
According to the CDC, 23 percent of girls and 14 percent of boys will experience dating violence for the first time between 11 and 17 years old.
Violent dating relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, and thoughts of suicide, and victims may continue to experience detrimental effects throughout their lives.During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we recognize the urgency needed in addressing this problem and recommit to preventing it by educating our youth about its dangers and consequences, and reaffirm the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.The yelling, the threatening text messages, the hitting went on for months. "He slammed me on the ground and was like get in the car," Harris said."He snatched the phone, and he started hitting me." Harris lived to tell her story, but 15-year-old Danielle Locklear died after her ex-boyfriend, Je'Michael Malloy, strangled her and tied weights to her body before dumping her in water.The question is how parents should recognize the signs and not just dismiss it as teen drama.
According to Loveis Respect.org, 1 in 3 teens will experience dating violence.Join us as we talk about the violence; what it is, how it happens, how to help someone, and what resources are available.Cut it Out builds awareness of domestic abuse and trains salon professionals to recognize warning signs, know how to respond and safely refer clients to local resources.Approximately 1 in 10 teenagers reports being physically or sexually victimized by a dating partner, and too many other victims do not report it.The cycle of violence can begin with anyone at any time, and as a society, we must acknowledge that we each have a role to play in teaching children about healthy relationships.According to the Office on Violence Against Women at the U. Department of Justice, violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence.