Teen dating violence and abuse is a major public health problem in this country.In addition to undermining young people’s individual growth and academic potential, dating violence and abuse puts young people at risk for long-term health consequences, serious injury and even death. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 10 high school students report experiencing physical dating violence. It’s where their boyfriends and girlfriends may be.
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Say that you love me.'"Raped, beaten and berated on a regular basis, she stayed with him, believing the abuse was part of a normal relationship."A Thin Line" MTV's Initiative to Stop Digital Abuse"I knew my aunt went through it so I thought, you know, if she stuck it out with him, with her husband for years, that I should just do the same and keep my mouth shut," she added. The controlling behavior eventually turned violent. Things got so bad that she began skipping classes and avoiding work.
When another 15-year old - who did not want to be indentified - met a cute boy in one of her high school classes - she was smitten."We had the same friends, we like the same things. Then he started stalking her."I was always locking my doors," she said. Always looking behind my shoulder to see who it was," she added.
Get Help National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1−800−799−7233 National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474"It's Time to Talk" - Learn the Signs of Abuse "I remember he got on top of me and he was slapping me back and forth," Tina said. "He would always want to know where I am, what I'm doing.""It's upsetting to you to even talk about it," Couric said.
"And he said, 'next time you walk by me, acknowledge me. "When someone does that to you, you feel a loss of yourself," she replied.