Teen Dating Violence

By: Tracy Smith Email
By: Tracy Smith Email

"I think we were surprised at how many tweens or kids ages 11 and 12 are dealing with these issues," said Jane Randel, V.P. of Corp. Communications at Liz Claiborne Inc.
These relationships are often far from healthy. According to the study, 40 percent of 11 and 12 year-olds say they have friends who've been victims of verbal abuse while dating. But even more disturbing-- 20-percent of 13 and 14 year-olds say they have friends who've experienced dating violence-- such as getting struck, hit or slapped by a boyfriend or girlfriend, and it doesn't stop there.
Many teens and tweens also say they were victims of technological abuse. Those using..
"Cell phones, paging, I-M's social networking sites, where the perpetrator uses those vehicles to perpetrate the abuse."
What's behind all this?
Researchers believe early sexual activity tends to fuel dating violence among teens and tweens, which might explain why 69-percent of teens who had sex by age 14 say they were victims of abuse while in a relationship.
"Parents while they think they know what their teens or more importantly tweens, relationships are, they're really not fully aware of what's going on. And that's scary."
Experts say programs are needed to help parents and their kids recognize unhealthy relationships, and to stop them before they start.


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  • by Respect Location: USA on Jul 14, 2008 at 02:42 PM
    The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline is a national resource that can be accessed by phone (866-331-9474, TTY 866-331-8453) or via internet online chat at LoveIsRespect.org. The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline offers anonymous, one-on-one support from trained Peer Advocates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These Peer Advocates provide information on healthy dating and recognizing abusive dating behavior to teens, parents and other concerned adults. The “Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study” commissioned by The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline and Liz Claiborne, Inc. can be found at http://www.loveisrespect.org/
  • by Drew Location: Atlanta on Jul 8, 2008 at 05:42 PM
    My daughter was murdered at the age of 18 by her ex-boyfriend. Please be aware that regardless of how good of a parent that YOU are, that your children are surrounded by kids that were raised by OTHER parents. Being aware of the prevalence of Teen Dating Violence is one way to mitigate some of the risk that your children face; another is to become aware of some of the Warning Signs of an abusive relationship; and then to share these warning signs with the teenagers in your life. Many abusers prevent their boyfriend/girlfriend from spending time with their friends or family. A teen may see this as a loving gesture but is in reality very controlling behavior. As a teenager in their first relationship, how are they to know that this isn't a healthy relationship? It is up to parents to educate their children but it will take teachers, administrators and legislators to truly affect change and protect our youth. Drew Crecente Director, Jennifer Ann's Group www.JenniferAnn.org
  • by Drew Location: Atlanta on Jul 8, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    My daughter was murdered at the age of 18 by her ex-boyfriend. Please be aware that regardless of how good of a parent that YOU are, that your children are surrounded by kids that were raised by OTHER parents. Being aware of the prevalence of Teen Dating Violence is one way to mitigate some of the risk that your children face; another is to become aware of some of the Warning Signs of an abusive relationship; and then to share these warning signs with the teenagers in your life. Many abusers prevent their boyfriend/girlfriend from spending time with their friends or family. A teen may see this as a loving gesture but is in reality very controlling behavior. As a teenager in their first relationship, how are they to know that this isn't a healthy relationship? It is up to parents to educate their children but it will take teachers, administrators and legislators to truly affect change and protect our youth. Drew Crecente Director, Jennifer Ann's Group www.JenniferAnn.org
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