Violence Against Teens Poses Major Problem

Posted on March 22nd, 2012 by Maggie Castrey

Stop the ViolenceRelationship violence continues to pose a huge problem for young people, who are just figuring out how to conduct relationships. Unfortunately, too many of those relationships take a bad turn.
Do you know someone who has experienced sexual assault, rape, or stalking? Here are some startling truths:

  • Young people ages 12 to 19 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault of any group
  • Those aged 18 and 19 experience the highest rates of stalking.
  • One in three adolescent girls experiences physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, which according to Justice department statistics is THE most common type of violence affecting youth.

How Can I Recognize Teen Dating Abuse?

Futures without Violence says you can recognize teen dating abuse by asking yourself if your boyfriend or girlfriend:

  • Controls where you go, what you wear, or what you do.
  • Tries to stop you from seeing or talking to family or friends.
  • Calls you derogatory names, put you down, or criticize you.
  • Threatens or scares you.
  • Hits, slaps, pushes, or kicks you.
  • Forces you to do something sexual when you don’t want to.

Bullying in the Work Place

For teens and women in the workplace, bullying, also called relational violence, is  ruining lives.

  • Many of the perpetrators are female!
  • Girls often treat each other terribly.

Born This Way Foundation

Lady Gaga recently created the Born This Way Foundation

to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world.

We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in the world. Together, we will move towards acceptance, bravery and love.

 Resources

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    1-800-799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE)
    TTY: 1-800-787-3224

 

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