Lead author Per Hellivek said “there is a bigger chance of becoming a victim of intimate partner violence if you send messages with sexual content.” The study also noted that more than 40 percent of the teens in relationships said they had experienced dating violence whether or not they had sexted a partner.
You can help make a difference by sharing the DASH website and Facebook page with family, friends, teachers, counselors and schools. But what gives me the guts to come out about this is the fact that I overcame it and I’m finally back to who I really am.” * * Source: “Teen Writes Empowering Message About Self-acceptance on Facebook” by Barbara Diamond on The first early warning sign of teen dating abuse is “telling you what to do or how to act.” This is exactly what Brittaney’s boyfriend was doing.
Together we can help teens recognize the signs of teen dating abuse and learn what makes a healthy relationship. He wasn’t just criticizing her for her choices or giving his opinion, he was trying to control how she looked by tearing down her confidence.
This month and throughout the coming year let’s let everyone know that Dating Abuse Stops Here. On the eve of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month, we salute Brittaney Shane, who realized that her ex-boyfriend had been emotionally abusive to her and found the strength to love herself again. Luckily, he left her before the abuse escalated (and it always escalates).
Her story has been going viral on Facebook after she wrote this compelling post: “You always told me I didn’t look good with long hair and that you preferred girls with short hair. When I took you the way you were.” “So now here I am a few months later. Brittaney’s story confirms that teen dating abuse is still prevelant, but it can be prevented and overcome.
A new study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health shows a link between teens in relationships who “sext” and an increased rate of dating violence.
Of 1000 Norwegian teens (ages 14-17) surveyed, 549 indicated they were in a romantic relationship.
A third of these teens reported having sent sexually explicit messages and photos.
The survey found that those teens who sent “sext” messages were 4 times more likely to suffer physical violence such as pushing, shoving, strangulation or being beaten with a hard object.
So I kept my hair cut above my shoulders at all times. Learn about the early warning signs of teen dating abuse by clicking here and share them with your friends.