Statistics show that 72% of students in 8th and 9th grades are in dating relationships.Teens use abuse to manipulate and control the other person in the relationship through behaviors ranging from intimidation to severe physical and sexual abuse.
A pattern of put-downs, name-calling, yelling, or threats leveled against a dating partner.
Abusers use words to gain power and control over their victim, often damaging their partner’s self-esteem and emotional health.
The immediate scenario that pops into your head is likely not a teen or pre-teen couple.
But unfortunately, teen dating violence is reality for 1.5 million high school students across the US every year who experience some form of dating violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend.
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Stacey Honowitz, a regular on HLN, CNN, Fox and MSNBC is also a leading state prosecutor with over 17 years dedicated to the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.
However most importantly one of her accomplishments is her two educational books that serve to help parents, children, advocates and others to finally talk about this difficult subject in a manner which is comfortable for everyone. Stacey Honowitz answered a few questions: Q) What changes in a child’s behavior should raise a red flag for parents?
Abusers can be male or female, and experts are seeing these patterns of behavior in younger and younger students as pre-teens and elementary students engage in dating relationships before developing healthy relationship skills and boundaries.
Abuse occurs in-person as well as through cyberbullying and cyber-control.
Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at greatest risk of becoming teen dating abuse victims.