Both teen boys and girls use physical and emotional violence in dating relationships.
However, girls are more likely to be sexually assaulted, suffer serious physical injuries and be physically afraid of their dating partner.
Girls in abusive relationships often are afraid to require their partner use a condom and have a higher risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases than girls in healthy, respectful relationships.
Because many teens do not tell friends or family about dating violence out of fear or shame, one of the most important things you can do is keep open lines of communication with your children.
Some teens think abusive behavior is normal or even flattering.
Young women may find their boyfriend’s constant texts and demands for immediate response as signs of love and devotion.
Controlling behavior can happen by a phone call or though social media by Facebook with an online message or post.
With digital abuse, posts can be deleted, so it’s important to gather evidence quickly by printing out emails or texts with evidence about the occurrences or printing out the call log.
Kaylee didn’t understand it at the time, but Jacob’s possessiveness wasn’t cute, and the relentless attention he gave her wasn’t affectionate. And unfortunately, what happened to Kaylee is not unique.So the next time you go on a seriously awful date you'll know that you're not alone.We're right here with you."I went on a four-hour (FOUR-HOUR) Tinder date with a match who proceeded to walk me through the intricacies of Excel. Hours." -Jo, 22"I met a guy on Tinder and drove to a different state just to meet up with him.Every day he charted his height, weight, what he ate that day, what he weighed, what he read, watched, who he talked to, etc. When I found him on Facebook later that night—after we hooked up—I realized he was cheating on his girlfriend with me. " -Ellen, 22"A group of us went to Miami for spring break, where we used Tinder as a way to figure out where to go each night.One of my matches, let's call him Alex, seemed nice and helpful—but I never actually met up with him in person.” What you wouldn’t see, however, was the fear in Kaylee’s eyes when Jacob, whom she’d been with for a year at that point, read her texts and raged at her for talking to a male friend.