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Teenage Violence–Never Right

Ruth Caster, Writer

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Teenage dating violence can occur anywhere in the United States, especially in the Houston area. Often young teenagers may not realize that they possess a destructive relationship with their partner, until they seek outside help.

National Institute of Justice affirms that “Teen dating violence- also called intimate relationship violence or intimate partner violence among adolescents or adolescent relationship abuse- includes physical, psychological, or sexual abuse; harassment; or stalking of any person.”

Many teenagers do not report this vilifying and denigrating behavior because they either fear what might happen next or how their abusive partner would react. A 2017 CDC reports that approximately 7% of women and 4% of men had experienced sexual assault, physical abuse, or stalking before they reached 18 years old.

The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical abuse and 10% reported sexual abuse from a dating partner in the 12 months before they completed this report .

Readers might question why dating violence happens. Communicating, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect shows a healthy relationship with nonviolence. Nevertheless, teenagers also learn malicious behavior in relationships with peers, adults in their lives, their life experiences, and the media.

Unfortunately, they acquire obstreperous and destructive behavior patterns that ignites abuse in their social life.

As teenagers develop emotionally, their relationships can extensively influence their personal lives. Healthy and nurturing relationships can produce positive effects on a teenager’s emotional development, unlike violent and abusive ones which hamper it. Both physical and mental  attacks can have severe, negative effects both short term and long term on an emotionally developing teenager.

All too often, immature young adults think that normal dating must include verbal and physical violence for achieving a successful relationship. However, aggression and roughness should never occur in any relationship, and a young person should never perform an internet search asking “What are the signs of an abusive relationship?”. No makeshift excuse exists for a teenager harming another one during their dating years.

Most importantly, no one should feel fear from his or her partner.

Teenage violence–never right.

 

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