Teen Dating Violence can include physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence by a dating partner, either in person or online.As a teenager, you may think a partner being immersed in your life is sweet and caring, and that it is thoughtful for them to want to be by your side every day, all day.In a relationship, a dating partner must give consent and not feel coerced into something they may feel uncomfortable doing, even if it is giving someone consent of their personal time.In honor of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we challenge everyone to the #Not Your Pen Challenge!Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a "normal" part of a relationship.
According to results from the National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence, for 12-18 year olds reporting current or past year dating, 69 percent reported lifetime relationship abuse victimization.
Professionals, non-profits and communities are working on the response and Healthy shares some ideas for how to respond, including: One in three teens has reported direct or indirect contact with teen dating violence.
As with other forms of violence, exposure to dating violence as a teen can lead to problems well into adulthood.
There is a common misconception that aggression is stable over time.
Join Women In Distress by raising awareness to ending Teen Dating Violence, during the month of February.