Presentation on theme: "Teen Dating Violence HB 121"— Presentation transcript:
1 Teen Dating Violence HB 121 RCMSStudent Assistance Counselor
2 Ortralla MosleyOn March 27, 2003, 15-year-old Ortralla Mosley broke up with her 16-year-old boyfriend, Marcus McTear. Both were sophomores at Reagan High School in Austin, Texas. The following day, Marcus stabbed Ortralla to death in the hallway at school.
3 Prevalence 2001 Harvard School of Public Health: 20% of female students (grades 9 – 12) reported experiencing physical or sexual violence or both from a dating partner. (definition - shoved, slapped, hit, or forced into sexual activity).
4 Prevalence50% to 80% of teens have reported knowing others who were involved in violent relationships.In 1995, 7% of ALL murder victims were young women killed by their boyfriends.* Alliance: TDV Factsheets
5 Legislative ActionIn response to increasing concerns re: teenage dating/relationship violence, Texas recently passed House Bill 121, which requires schools to implement dating violence policies and programs for students, staff, and parents.
7 3 Types (continued) Emotional Name calling, threats, screaming, yelling, ridiculing, emotional blackmailing, stalking, cyber bullying (ridicule, photographs, etc.) and insults/putdowns.Can include: jealousy, possessiveness, controlling, bossy, quick tempered, isolates from friends and family, monitors communications, humiliates…
8 3 Types (continued) Sexual verbal sexual abuse: sexual slurs or attacks on a person’s gender or sexual orientation.unwanted sexual contact (kissing or touching).
9 3 Types (continued) Sexual The use of intimidation or coercion to get someone to engage in sexual activity. (coercion includes.. pestering, pressuring).Forcible assault (with or w/out weapon)Administration of drugs or alcoholAge difference
10 How do I know if my friend is in trouble? Unexplained bruises, scratches, or injuriesFear of upsetting their partnerPartner exhibits controlling behavior (what to wear, where to go, who you can go with)Partner makes all the decisionsPartner checks up on friend’s whereabouts frequently (call logs, text messages incl.)Friend must account for their timeFriend’s partner is jealous or possessive
11 Who Are The Victims?Teens in all ethnic groups, socioeconomic groups, and geographic regions.Boys are more likely to be pinched, slapped, scratched, or kicked by dating partners.Girls are more at risk for severe violence, sexual violence, and injuries requiring medical attention.Pregnant teens are at greater risk for physical assault by intimate partners.Girls experience more psychological abuse from dating partners than boys.Young women, ages 16 to 24 years, experience the highest rate of relationship violence.Alliance: TDV Factsheets
12 Teens at Greatest Risk for Victimization (male and female) Low self-esteemHomes where there is domestic violenceHomes where females are negated or demeanedPassive or non-assertiveEmotionally deprivedPoor relationship with parentsAbsent/uninvolved fatherHistory of Sexual Abuse
13 Who Are The Abusers?Both male and female teens commit dating violence but….Boys initiate the violence more oftenBoys typically use greater forceBoys are more repeatedly abusive to their dating partners than girls.Alliance: TDV Factsheets
14 Who are the Abusers? Low self-esteem, jealous, controlling Homes where there is domestic violenceHomes where females are negated or demeanedAggressive (Poor anger management skills)Emotionally deprivedPoor relationship with parentsAbsent/uninvolved or abusive fatherImpulsivePower & Control oriented
15 More indicators… Verbal abuse, criticism and insulting of the victim Minimization of violence or abuseLoss of interest in things that were once importantSudden change in appearance or behaviorSpending less time with friends and familySudden changes in mood or personalityBegin using drugs or alcohol
16 Reporting ChallengesTeens generally do not tell people when they are involved in a violent relationshipA teen may believe that reporting a problem will get them into more troubleMost often, a teen will tell their friends and not an adult about the problem.Their friends might not know what to do to help.
17 Reporting Challenges Fear of their Partner Self-Blame Minimization of abuseLoyalty or love for their partnerSocial or religious stigmaLack of understanding of the danger
18 What To Do At SchoolTell an adult if you think your friend might be in an abusive relationship.Tell an adult if YOU are in an abusive relationship.“Choose to Care” survey to report suspected abuse.PALS confidential drop-boxes (to be located throughout the school)
19 Our Commitment To You..The safety of students at RCMS is a responsibility taken seriously by administrators, faculty, and staff. PLEASE notify us IMMEDIATELY if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship. We have supportive procedures in place to assist victims and potential abusers.
20 Resources for Interventions School ResourcesSchool Counselors, Administrators, Nurse, Teachers, SROCommunity Agency resourcesFriends of the Family, MHMRChildren’s Advocacy CenterCommunity Private Practitioner resources