Teens blindly start dating and trusting people and then eventually fall into bigger problems.
Many of them get to know the abuser by chatting on the net and then meeting them somewhere, through a friend or just an acquaintance.
There are even more shocking statistics about teen dating abuse, including that one in ten teenagers in New York City schools reports experiencing physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship If THAT many teens are experiencing intimate partner violence, then that same amount of teens will grow up remembering, and perhaps reliving, the abuse they suffered when they were younger.
Dating is incredibly exciting for teens, because they feel a sense of independence and maturity.
A section of the Love is Respect Web site spells out the basics of dating and healthy relationships to help young people searching for information figure out if their feelings of unease about their relationship are a sign of something more serious.“I think, as a field, we’ve gained traction in educating young people around physical abuse and verbal abuse, but how that translates over a digital platform is not something that young people have necessarily made the link to,” she said.
It is a form of dating abuse Ray-Jones feels her field is just beginning to understand, but they are “trying to be proactive with that messaging to help young people understand the risks and benefits of the digital medium.”In a 2007 Technology & Teen Dating Abuse Survey by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU), teens reported that digital dating abuse “is a serious problem,” in which abusers try to control their partners with tactics like constant text messaging and cellphone calls, usually unbeknownst to their parents.
Here are a few statistics that may help you understand and guide your teen through these phases.
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And, while it may seem scary, the law can help young victims of teen dating abuse just as it can help married persons who suffer from domestic violence.
Teaching the types of behavior that constitute teen dating violence would be a first step toward helping teens form healthy relationships.
Ray-Jones has also heard about boyfriends creating fake Facebook accounts in order to see if their girlfriends would cheat or carry on an inappropriate conversation with someone, or threatening to expose pictures or messages on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Digital abuse is not a problem that is unique to teenagers. Stalkers have also used online sex ads as a tool for abuse, posing as their victims and posting fake ads inviting strangers to their homes and workplaces for sex.