Around one in 13 teens are abused on dates. Here, Psychology of Violence editor Sherry Hamby shares how parents can intervene. Teen dating violence doesn't happen in a vacuum. According to new research by University of New Hampshire's Sherry Hamby, both aggressors and their victims have more than likely also experienced some form of domestic or sexual victimization.
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Imagine being in a high school hallway, watching crowds of teenagers traveling to their classes. As a blond girl and her tall boyfriend walk by hand-in-hand, you might be impressed with how close they seem. But if you look a little closer, you would see that something is terribly wrong with our hypothetical couple. She is wearing long sleeves on a humid day to hide the bruises on her arms where he squeezed her when he was angry.
Preventing Teen Dating Violence
No one wants to believe someone they know is capable of dating violence. We tend to think of violence as something that happens to other people in other situations. If you aren't aware of and alert to its signs, you might be putting your well-being or even your life in danger. What's more, knowing how to recognize violent behavior isn't enough to save you; You also need to respond to violence in safe and effective ways. Dating violence, also called dating abuse, consists of violence, the threat of violence, or attempts to control the other person in a dating relationship.
In this op-ed during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Rory Gory, safe messaging expert at the Trevor Project, explains why education about dating violence is so important. The watershed MeToo movement has ousted serial predators who had been untouchable for decades. The general public has been reeling as story after story reveals egregious allegations of abuses of power, but for many survivors, nothing about these allegations are shocking. The only surprise is that suddenly, sexual assault allegations are being taken seriously and are even bringing about consequences for abusers. We do not go from healthy personal and professional relationships to serial sexual violations in just one step.