Presentation on theme: "Dating Violence & Teens: Textual Harassment and Sexting"— Presentation transcript:
1 Dating Violence & Teens: Textual Harassment and Sexting Katie KenyonManager of Outreach and Education,Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc.
2 Dating Violence in Teen Populations The age range with the highest risk for most severe violence in relationships is 16-24According to the Center for Disease Control about 1 in 5 high school-age females has experienced physical or sexual abuse by a dating partnerAbout 1 in 11 teens reports being a victim of physical abuse each year1/3 of adolescents have at least one friend who is in a violent relationship
3 Troubled Economy Linked to High Levels of Teen Dating Violence & Abuse Survey 2009 47% of dating teens have personally been victimized by controlling behaviors from a boyfriend or girlfriend29% have been the victim of sexual or physical abuse or the threat of physical abuse24% have been victimized by the use of technology by a boyfriend or girlfriend74% of teens interviewed said that their families have experienced financial problems in the last 12 months and almost half of those teens stated they have witnessed violent or abusive behavior in the home. 67% of those teens experienced some form of dating abuse.
4 What is TDV?Dating violence (or relationship abuse) is a pattern of violent behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend.Abuse can cause injury or even death, but it doesn’t have to be physical. It can include verbal and emotional abuse—constant insults and taunts, isolation from friends and family, name calling, controlling a partner’s behavior. Dating Violence can also include sexual abuse.It can happen to anyone, at any age, no matter what race or religion they are, no matter what their level of education or economic background. Dating violence also occurs in same-gender dating relationships.
5 Textual Harassment/Digital Abuse ‘the new frontier of dating violence’ Call or text you to check up on you (find out where you are, what you’re doing, who you’re with) between midnight & 5a.m.Call your cell phone to check up on you 20 or more times per/hourText you to check up on you more than 40 times per hourShare or threaten to share private or embarrassing pictures or videos of you
6 SextingThe consensual taking and consensual sending of nude or semi-nude pictures, or sexually charged messages via cell-phones Consequences include: guilt, anxiety, shame, victimization & legal problems 75% of youth surveyed agreed that sending sexually explicit messages can have negative consequences.
8 Developmentally Appropriate? According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry…Teen brains continue to develop well into early adulthood, especially the frontal cortex responsible for reasoningTeens are more likely to act on impulse, misread social cues or engage in dangerous or risky behaviorsTeens are less likely to think before they act, recognize consequences or modify dangerous or harmful behaviors
9 Know the Difference! Sexting Cyberbullying Harassment by communication Online sex offenses
10 The National Campaign: 20% of teenagers have sent nude/semi-nude pictures of themselves11% of young teen girls (13-16) have sent nude/semi-nude pictures of themselvesAlmost 40% of teenagers have sent sexually explicit or suggestive messagesAlmost half of teens say it is common for images to be shared with people other than the intended recipient
11 The National Campaign cont… 71% of teen girls and 67% of teen boys sent sexually suggestive content to a boyfriend or girlfriend21% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys sent the material to someone they wanted to hook up with15% of teens sent footage to someone they only know online
12 The National Campaign cont… 51% of teen girls say that pressure from a guy is a reason they send sexy messages or images. 18% of male counterparts cite pressureAlmost 25% of teens cite pressure from friendsMore than 50% of teen girls send pictures as a “sexy present” for their boyfriend
13 Teen Dating Violence Victims Victims of T.D.V. are at greater risk for:Unintended pregnancy or rapid repeat pregnanciesSexually Transmitted Diseases or risky behaviorsDrug/Alcohol abuseEarly tobacco useEating disordersSelf mutilationDepression & anxietySuicide or suicide attemptsRunning away
14 Why do teens stay? FEAR LOVE Guilt Shame Peer-pressure Hope their partner will changeConcern for reputationBelief that violence is their faultLegal and safety remedies are not easy to accessAfraid partner will hurt him/herselfPregnancyHistory of witnessing domestic violenceNo way to get away from partner at school or in social situationsLow self-esteemAfraid to disclose violence at school or at homeIssues facing already marginalized youth
15 How To Help a TDV Victim? Recognize, Ask, Validate, Refer/Resources Show concern, but don’t be confrontationalOffer help, but don’t try and take controlBe honest about the limits of your confidentialityDon’t ask blaming questionsBe prepared to help the teen safety planIf you have to involve parents or guardians, try and provide them with some information about dating violence tooTalk about dating violence and sexting in your appointments and intakes. Display resources in hallways, waiting rooms and bathrooms
16 Sexting Safety for Teens Don’t assume anything you send or post will remain private, posted information will never go awayDon’t give in to peer pressureConsider how the recipient will feel when they see your messageDon’t forward images or messages sent to youNothing online is truly anonymousTake 24 hours to decide if sexting is really for you!
17 Supporting ParentsEncourage parents to communicate with their children about what goes on in cyberspaceParents should know who their kids are communicating with and know what their children are posting onlineParents can assert limitations on and set expectations for electronic communications for their children
18 Dating Violence and Sexting Web Resource List Family Violence Prevention Fund – That’s Not Cool!The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned PregnancyTeen Dating Violence Resources, National Electronic Network on Violence Against WomenCenters for Disease Control – Choose Respect
19 Teen Dating Violence Hotline Women Against Rape (WAR)Of Delaware County
20 DAP Services for Teens 610.565.4590, www.dapdc.org DAP offers…24-hour HotlineLegal advocacy (with a guardian present if under 18)Information & ReferralsMaterialsHotline cards, posters, brochures, handouts, etc.Presentations