Teen sexual abuse and dating
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.
1 in 11 students also reported that they had been forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to." Emotional and Psychological Abuse When experts refer to teen dating abuse, they are not only talking about the most clear-cut examples of abuse, such as physical or sexual assault.
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.
This means that if a boy kisses, touches, or does anything sexual to a girl who has not clearly consented to that activity, he has sexually assaulted her.
Why is Emotional Abuse in Teen Relationships So Common, And What Can Be Done About It?
Know the Facts It's important to realize that emotionally abusive partners often know exactly what they are doing, and exactly which buttons to push.
They tend to seek out vulnerable, insecure individuals as dating partners, and at the beginning of their relationships they may even treat their vulnerable partners rather well.
Then you need to be prepared to take every step necessary to ensure your child's safety and well-being.
For some truly excellent step-by-step tips about how to discuss this difficult topic with your teenager, and specific ways to keep her safe, please read this extremely helpful article about what parents need to know about teen dating abuse.They are also talking about more subtle-and, as it turns out, much more common-forms of psychological and/or emotional abuse, such as stalking, cyber-stalking, insulting, cursing at, yelling at, manipulating, controlling, humiliating, or making verbal threats of violence.When boyfriends try to whittle away at their girlfriends' self-esteem by making cruel or manipulative remarks, or when they try to limit or control their girlfriends' activities, or when they try to dictate what their girlfriends can and cannot wear, which people their girlfriends can talk to-and which ones they can't- these are all additional forms of emotional abuse.On a slightly different but equally important note, if you are the parent of a teenage boy who you fear may be abusing his girlfriend emotionally or otherwise, please consult this useful checklist about what parents can do to prevent youth violence.