• Statistic
    • —Among adult victims of rape, physical violence, and or stalking by an intimate partner, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7  men first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age (CDC)
  • Teen dating relationship violence is a rising concern that should be addressed in adolescents before they reach adulthood. As we progress through the years, social norms and gender roles evolve through many factors such as:
    • —Media
    • —Peers
    • —Social Media. As these factors evolve our gender norms change. A new factor that influences relationship violence is electronic abuse. This can be found using threats through text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and E-mails.
  • These factors have major influences on  healthy/unhealthy decisions that teens make within their relationships. They do not always portray healthy relationships which makes it difficult for teens to understand healthy relationships. Many relationships in the media display violence which can have an influence on teens and their peers.
    • —An example of relationship violence in the media can be found  in the popular Twilight books about a love story between a human girl, Bella, and a vampire, Edward. In the story line, Bella and Edward are madly in love. Bella at 16,  gave up everything she had for Edward including her family, friends, school and also herself when she willing wants to become a vampire. All the while, Edward does not have to do anything but receive the love and sacrifices from Bella.
  • The story line sends unhealthy messages to young girls and boys about relationships that girls can give up everything for love. These messages are not a natural part of relationships and can cause unhealthy ideas in adolescents minds of how a relationship should be. No matter what happened in the storyline, it was unhealthy to give up everything for one another. It is important for teens to understand that relationship violence is unhealthy behavior and that it is unacceptable in any form.
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