Help for dating abuse
While it may seem like the obvious choice, many people have trouble leaving a dating relationship, even if it is abusive. Some of the reasons teens stay in abusive dating relationships include: As with any violent relationship, teenage dating abuse must be stopped.
Teenage violence is no more acceptable than adult violence and, in fact, it's against the law.
Call: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is an anti-sexual assault organization.
Victims of teen dating violence often keep the abuse a secret.
If you think you're in an abusive relationship, it's time to get out of it.
Confide in someone, such as a parent, trusted adult, health provider, or friend.
Here are some tips for breaking up: To get help with teenage dating abuse contact
Abuse occurs when people mistreat or misuse other people, showing no concern for their integrity or innate worth as individuals, and in a manner that degrades their well-being.
Dating abuse may be emotional, physical or sexual in nature.
Dating abuse is a huge problem, not only because it's prevalent among teens but only 40% of victims reach out for help (only 21% of perpetrators ask for help).
Healthy relationships involve respect, trust, and consideration for the other person. Instead, they involve mistreatment, disrespect, intense jealousy, controlling behavior, or physical violence. Physical abuse means any form of violence, such as hitting, punching, pulling hair, and kicking.
Abuse can happen in both dating relationships and friendships. Sometimes people mistake intense jealousy and possessiveness as a sign of intense feelings of love. Threats, intimidation, putdowns, controlling behavior, and betrayal are all harmful forms of emotional abuse that can really hurt — not just during the time it's happening, but long after too. It's never right to be forced into any type of sexual experience that you don't want.