It occurs in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships and can include any combination of verbal, emotional, physical, sexual abuse, and even financial abuse.
It may start as early as middle school when youth start dating for the first time.
We eat condensed soup from a can–sometimes, literally from the can.
At least once a week, I’m too tired to cook so I let my kids “forage” for dinner.
And unless a person is young age, nothing spiritually or emotionally good comes from dating in your teens.
I felt called to write about this because it seems kids today are dating at earlier and earlier ages.
The program’s interactive website, tools, and resources support young people as they learn to recognize, avoid, and prevent dating violence in their lives.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
We consulted with girls around the world to better understand their personal obstacles.
These girls reported, overwhelmingly, multiple challenges and sources of stress—violence, dating, peer pressure, depression, lack of self-esteem, and family or cultural expectations.