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Objective: Students will identify the warning signs of dating violence and understand how they can protect themselves
Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with. Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior. There is an increased risk of unhealthy relationships for teens who have multiple sexual partners, use drugs or alcohol, dont have parental supervision, or witness violence at home or in the neighborhood. 33 percent of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse. In the U.S., 25 percent of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually. Teen girls who are abused this way are 6 times more likely to become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Females between the ages of 16 and 24 are roughly 3 times more likely than the rest of the population to be abused by an intimate partner. 8 States in the U.S. do not consider a violent dating relationship domestic abuse. Therefore, adolescents, teens, and 20-somethings are unable to apply for a restraining order for protection from the abuser. Violent behavior often begins between 6th and 12th grade. 72 percent of 13 and 14- year-olds are dating. 50 percent of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide. A mere third of the teens who were involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence. Teens who have been abused hesitate to seek help because they do not want to expose themselves or are unaware of the laws surrounding domestic violence.seek help
The physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse of one partner by the other in a current or former relationship
Jealousy Controlling Behavior Quick Involvement Unfair Expectations Isolation Blames others for problems Overly Sensitive Verbal Abuse History of Battering Threats of Violence Force Used During Argument
LOVE FEAR DOUBT EMBARRASSMENT
Know the person before you say yes Did anyone warn you about the person? Double date with trusted friends or go out in a group Go to public places Do not be pressured Have a cell phone Know exit doors Avoid alcohol and drugs
Forced sex by either partner Alcohol or drugs often involved What is rohypnol? Physically/Mentally/Emotionally damaging Contact doctor/hospital or police immediately One of the crimes least likely to be reported You can have had prior sexual encounters with person and still be date raped.
Never walk home late at night by yourself Stay in well lit areas of the campus Learn about security procedures on campus Participate in educational programs that are provided to prevent sex offenses **The leading cause of arrests on most college campuses is alcohol related.
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