Teen Dating Violence-An Epidemic?

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Nationally, 32 percent of college-aged women — and one in five girls age 12 to 15 — experience dating violence, officials said at the announcement.

But one survey showed that 81 percent of parents didn’t think teen dating violence was a problem or didn’t know if it was, said Cheryl Pytel, a member of the Interval House board.

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Teen dating should be discussed “the way you talk about alcohol, tobacco, texting and driving,” she said. “It should be that type of a conversation with parents, teachers, coaches, anyone who is involved with youth.”

Research also shows that children who grow up with domestic violence in their homes are more likely to abuse or to be the victims of such abuse later in life.

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Teen Dating Abuse Study Findings

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This is a story about Teen Dating Abuse the subject of a meeting of the American Psychological Association. Among other things presented at the meeting was this statistic; more than a third of teen guys and girls say they’ve been physically, emotionally or sexually abused in their dating relationships, according to new, unpublished data from a nationwide survey.

They want to teach younger children and teens how to have healthier relationships. But as they seek to understand why so many young people hit, demean or force sex on their partners, much remains unclear.

Some studies suggest they are and that girls may even be more likely than boys to lash out physically. Girls were more likely to say they had physically abused their partners; boys were “much more likely” to say they had sexually abused someone, the association says. But it did not provide specific numbers on those differences.

The survey also found that 29% of girls and 24% of guys said they had been both victims and abusers, in the same or different relationships.

Both behaviors are often “about establishing dominance,” she says. The results suggest there is a “violence trajectory” and “if it’s not addressed, it will escalate.”

While programs at school and elsewhere in communities may help, families can play a central role.DUH! Teens, like adults, sometimes have trouble recognizing that they are in an abusive relationship, experts say.

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Teen Dating Violence-An Editorial

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Here is an editorial on Teen Dating Violence.

“One in three adolescents, 1.5 million annually, in the U.S. will be a victim of physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner. Nearly 80 percent of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser. And 33 percent of teens who are in an abusive relationship never tell anyone. It’s time to shine a light on this issue.”

Teen dating violence manifests itself in many different ways. Young teens frequently have no frame of reference for what is normal and what is not, so when a partner demands password information for email accounts and social networking sites some may think that’s okay- it isn’t!

“Other examples are monitoring or controlling where their partner goes and whom they spend time with, spending excessive amounts of time with each other, name-calling and putdowns, and, all too often, escalating to the use of physical abuse or sexual assault. Additionally, excessive texting is a common sign of dating abuse.”

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Then of course there is the physical abuse which is common in about one of three cases. We recommend that young teens consider carrying a self-defense product like this tiny Keyguard Spray that contains six short bursts up to 5 feet away in a container that can easily be concealed in the palm of your hand.

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Teen Relationship Abuse

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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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Teen Relationship Violence

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Here’s a story by the Star-Herald newspaper about preventing Teen Dating Violence which is becoming a much bigger problem every year because television, music, video games and the Internet perpetuate the idea that dating violence is acceptable.

“For teenagers starting to date, this misinformation gives them a false view of relationships, making it harder for teens to recognize when they are in an abusive relationship.”

February has been designated as Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness and draw attention to this growing problem.

“Dating violence can be emotional, verbal, physical or sexual. Over time, it escalates, putting teens in danger.

Extreme jealousy is a major warning sign of dating violence. The abuser will want to document every movement the other person makes. They will try isolate their partner from friends and family.

They will say you can’t talk to certain people, and their behavior can mimic that of stalking. They want extreme control.”

Coercive behavior and a lack of respect of boundaries are also a sign.”

Many young women are not fully aware of what a healthy relationship should be, so they have no frame of reference other than what they see and hear. And much of that is not healthy. The CDC has estimated that 1 in 5 young women are victims of teen relationship abuse
Often abusers try to shift the blame to somebody else thus failing to take responsibility for their abusive actions. Abusers many times shift the blame to the victim.

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Teen Dating Violence Month

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“The life of a teen is hard enough without adding an abusive relationship into the equation. But that’s the situation an estimated 1 in 3 teenagers will find themselves in during these life-shaping years.”

February has been designated teen dating violence month in an effort to draw attention to a growing problem that teens themselves do not necessarily recognize because not all abusive relationships involve a component of physical harm

Because of all the social media, cell phones and everything is much more difficult for teens to get away from an abuser. And because more than likely they go to the same school even if there is a restraining order they still may have to face each other every day.

Schools are responsible for creating a non-hostile environment but not necessarily enforcing a restraining order.

One of the best ways that young women can defend themselves against a dating assault is with the self-defense product such as one of our keychain pepper sprays that can incapacitate an assailant long enough for you to get away and escape a dangerous situation.

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Teen Dating Violence-A Big Problem

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Here is an opinion piece about Teen Dating Violence a subject that has gotten a lot of attention lately.

About one in three teens will be emotionally, verbally, physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. Even if this never happens to the teen in your life, it’s likely they’ll know someone in an abusive relationship.

If teens would respect themselves and their partner, treat each other as equals, show trust rather than jealousy, resolve conflicts with open communication and not violence, allow for personal space and respect each other’s boundaries they would be much safer .

Young women need to learn how to defend themselves with a self-defense course like Small Man’s Advantage and then arm themselves and learn how to use a self-defense product such as a pepper spray or stun gun.

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Young Women And Relationship Violence

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About 10 years ago the Liz Claiborne Corporation did a comprehensive study about teenage dating and the perils associated with it such as assaults that are normally connected to domestic violence. Recently there was another study done and the conclusions and facts presented were almost exactly the same. What does that mean? That nothing has gotten better for young women in their dating relationships!

Teenage girls are at a high risk of relationship violence. Some of the facts are:

1. 15% of high school girls reports being abused by their boyfriends;

2. Date rape which accounts for 70% of sexual assaults reported by adolescents in college;

3. 38% of those are between 14 and 17;

4. One in three teen dating relationships has a physical aggression component.

5. Nearly 75% girls have reported some sort of emotional partner violence.

One of the points raised in this most recent study is that young women really have no place to learn what is normal and what is not normal in a dating relationship. When these young women talk to their friends many of them are experiencing the same thing so they tend to think that abuse is a normal thing.

Recently Pres. Obama announced from the White House the formation of the new task force looking into sexual assaults on college campuses. Those statistics haven’t changed much over the years either, with one for women being a target for sexual assault in her four years at a University.

Has your daughter been involved in a dating relationship that went bad?

Some signs that your daughter may be in an abusive relationship include:

1. Not spending time with her usual friends;

2. Fewer friends on Facebook;

3. More withdrawn personality or less bubbly and engaged than usual;

4. Changes in appearance style or activities;

5. Obvious physical signs of abuse;

6. Defensive, angry attitude about current physical status.

For young women we recommend that they take a basic self-defense training course to learn how to defend themselves in just about any situation and then obtain and learn how to use a self-defense product such as a pepper spray.

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