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Teen abuse in a dating relationship

A happy, healthy relationship with a supportive partner is on our wish list. Abuse comes in many forms, not only slapping, hitting, or punching.

Once again, according to Safe Youth.org, "One recent national survey found that 1 in 11 high-school students said they had been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year.

They may have little or no experience with healthy dating relationships and confuse jealousy with love.

According to Safe Youth.org, studies show that as many as 96% of American teenagers say that they have been emotionally and/or psychologically abused by a dating partner.

In other words, almost ALL teens report that they have been emotionally or psychologically mistreated, harmed, stalked, manipulated, or pressured in some way by a dating partner who claimed to love them and to have their best interest at heart.

Sexual and Physical Abuse Bear in mind that the umbrella term "sexual abuse" certainly includes rape, but it also includes unwanted sexual activity of any kind.

A dating relationship is defined as a person involved in an intimate or romantic association with another person, regardless of length or exclusivity of the relationship.

Dating abuse happens to young people from every socio-economic group regardless of race, religion, academic ability or economic background. Use clear language to describe what you see is happening.

If your child’s partner is at the same school, speak to the guidance counselor or advisor to make sure everyone stays safe..