History of teen dating violence
It no longer felt like he was concerned for me but that he hated me.To him I was fat, ugly, I dressed like a whore, I was dumb, selfish and a bitch.I remember on one occasion I wore something to his house he did not approve of.His friends were over which was even more disrespectful and insulting to him so he locked me in his room for 4 hours to teach me a lesson. One day at high school we received individual research projects for my Community and Family Studies class. As I was reading through all of the photocopied research I had collected, I started to cry uncontrollably.However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.I grew up in a household where violence was never an issue.We never discussed it beyond the general basics most children learn, no one is allowed to physically harm you, make sure you tell us if you are being bullied, and never bully or physically hurt anyone else.
I could not talk to any males without his permission, and if I was not with him I had to wait for his call.
Our relationship started as a dream, we were young and thought I was in love. Yes we were obsessed with each other, I knew that drove my parents crazy, I wanted to be with him 24/7, and he with me.
Slowly little things were said that I initially thought came from a caring place, “wow you look like you have gained weight”, “you really think that guy was hitting on you?
Abuse in relationships was not a topic of conversation because it did not need to be.
I had a large close-knit group of girlfriends, I am close to my parents, brother, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
I was the girl who would say with pride that I would never let anyone, especially a boyfriend, hit me. He opened up to me immediately sharing the struggles with his family life growing up. He told me how his father was abusive to his mother and he hated him for it.