The physical, emotional, sexual, psychological abuse and even stalking in a relationship is a problem and not something that happens to everyone.
Our responsibility — as parents, teachers, mentors, and community leaders — is to guide our young people towards respectful relationships free from harassment and abuse; teach them that it’s OK to walk away from a bad situation; and encourage them to speak out when they see a friend in trouble.
In many communities, teens themselves are leading the way in organizing their schools and communities to stand against violence. Six videos created by students for the 2010 Massachusetts District Attorney’s Teen Violence Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest are available for free to the public.
Dating violence is becoming more common amongst teens than any other age group. Porch is the teen co-coordinator for the Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline. Violence starts by someone thinking they have the right to control another person,” Porch said.
Statistics show that 1 in 3 teenagers have experienced or will experience violence in a dating relationship. Porch goes on to say that the classic component few months after or sometimes even longer before they finally speak up.
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Some can learn to love and learn that their obsession or desire to control their partner is wrong, however not all victims are that lucky.
Dating is not definite the same among all ages; however, 72 percent of 8th and 9th graders are dating. Legal clinics are also offered through Prevention Services at no cost.
Nearly 25 percent of 14 to 17 years old surveyed know at least one student who was a victim of dating violence (The Clothesline Project). Topics include: how to complete Family Law forms; Family Law procedures; and preventative safety measures.
Vice President Joe Biden, author of the We have learned that teens are not immune from abuse in relationships.
Teen dating violence is all too common, and ends up leading to vicious and unhealthy cycles for years to come.
200 teens on 35 teams produced PSAs for the contest.