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If we fast-forward through that hallway a few years, or possibly only a few more months, the smothering might escalate into verbal abuse, with the boyfriend telling her how stupid and worthless she is – that she’s lucky that he’s dating her because no one else would, and that might further escalate to grabbing her arm hard enough to leave bruises, or hitting her.
While involved in a relationship, it’s all too common for a teen girl to excuse a boyfriend’s behavior, especially in the early stages.
The message is from one of her friends asking her if she wants to do something after school.
The boyfriend tells her she can’t go out with her friends because she’s dating him now. This isolation has been going on for a while now and where she once felt flattered that he paid so much attention to her, she’s now starting to feel smothered.
Statistics tell us that most victims of dating violence are girls between the ages of 16 and 24.
What’s more, many victims of domestic violence report having been first abused between the ages of 11 and 17.
Another scary fact tells us that violent behaviors within a dating relationship are occurring at earlier and earlier ages as younger and younger children start dating.
However, among people who experience sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking, most experienced that violence for the first time before the age of 25.
For high school students, 1 in 3 of them experience physical or sexual violence or both from a dating partner.
Teen abusers tend to start small, but dating violence doesn’t have to manifest in physical violence to emotionally damage a victim.
And this kind of emotional abuse tends to escalate.
It is vitally important that we specifically speak to and understand the statistics involved with abuse in young people’s relationships.