Pulling up her shirt sleeve, Bethany looked at the fresh bruise that marked her delicate skin, his mark..always left his mark...
He gave her gifts, complimented her, and told her how much she meant to him. He had even forced her to do sexual things to him that later disgusted her.
Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture.
She had just turned 17 and she should be in the prime of her teen years. Unfortunately, many victims of domestic violence were once victims to another very real issue, Teen Dating Violence (which also runs a national campaign in the month of February).
In a National survey, 9.4 percent of high school students reported being hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend within 12 months prior to the survey.Results also indicated that youths who were targeted by dating cyberbullying were also at a higher risk for other forms of dating abuse.They were twice as likely to be physically abused, 2.5 times as likely to be psychologically abused, and 5 times as likely to be sexually coerced.Between social media, texts, cell phones, and other communication apps, dating abuse can become a vicious cycle that never ends.In a study by the Urban Institute Justice Policy Center 1 in 4 teens had been abused or harassed online or through texts by their dating partners.