Healthy Relationships And Identifying Abusive Behavior

By Jared DuBach
Canton Daily Ledger, Ill.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A number of organizations have started out of a need for greater awareness of the many forms of abuse that can exist in relationships aside from the physical form.

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One in three girls will experience some form of physical or sexual violence in a relationship, and according to LoveIsRespect.org, only 33 percent of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone else about the abuse.

While the term “abuse” is a broader term than the specifics of physical or sexual violence, the connotations behind both statistics can be disturbing.

This is why Victim Services Director Diane Mayfield is urging greater public awareness of teen dating violence during February, as this is National Teen Dating Violence Month.

A number of organizations have started out of a need for greater awareness of the many forms of abuse that can exist in relationships aside from the physical form. Some of the organizations include BreakTheCycle
.org, LoveIsRespect.org and ThatsNotCool.com.

While the first two organizations listed have information that can apply to both teens and adults, ThatsNotCool.com is optimized for use on portable devices and cell phones and has a more teen-friendly interface.

Mayfield said That’s Not Cool has digital cards that can be downloaded and used in texting and posting on social media if one sees behaviors that could be considered abusive or as potentially stalking behavior.

“Like if a guy texts a hundred times in a day,” Mayfield explained. “That’s not cool. You just made stalking. A few years back we had an intern who copied them and made them a border around a bulletin board that was on dating violence.”

The Statistics
(LoveIsRespect.org)
Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

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