This is an article about Teen Dating Violence and how parents can do a lot to protect their children from injury or death by knowing the signs and intervening when necessary.
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are five types of dating abuse: physical, mental, emotional (control issues), sexual and financial. In studies, 1 in 10 teens reports being hit during a relationship and half of all teens surveyed say they know someone who is in an abusive relationship.
In the United States, 25 percent of high school girls have been abused. Only one-third of the teens report their abuser because of fear of exposure, because they are unaware of the laws or because they are ashamed. Teens in an abusive relationship are more likely to consider suicide and to abuse alcohol and other drugs. As with adults, teens face the risk of death at the hands of their abuser."
Teens lack experience in what may be their first serious relationship, so they have trouble labeling this as abuse. They are influenced by their peers and struggling to become independent. They fear their parents may restrict the relationship so they don't tell.
Parents need to be on the lookout because there are definite signs and they know their kids better than anyone else so are in the best position to see signs of problems.
Those signs are not always obvious. Worsening grades, emotional outbursts isolation from family and friends, self-deprecation, sudden privacy concerns and other signs point towards potential problems.
Teens need to learn how to defend themselves against the physical part with a self-defense course and then arm themselves and learn how to use a self-defense product such as pepper spray or stun gun. A pepper spray such as this one Stop Strap Spray can disable an assailant for as long as 45 minutes, giving you time to get away and seek help.
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