February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. As a mom of two teens, this is a pretty scary issue for me to think about. My fourteen year old isn’t officially dating yet, and she’s already had a boy pressure her to do stuff she didn’t want to do. My seventeen year old has been dating the same girl for quite a while now, and we all feel really lucky that she’s a great person. Who your children date (and marry) is an issue that affects the whole family, maybe even more so when you’re homeschoolers with a tight family bond. Additionally, in the era of text message cell phones, Facebook, and etc., abusers have a whole new toolset to use when committing violence.
Some Scary Statistics
- One in three young people experience abuse in their relationships.
- By 11th grade, 6.6% of females and 7.5% of males will have experienced violence in a dating relationship
- 6 out of 10 rapes of young women happen in their homes or in the homes of a friend or relative, not in a dark alley.
- More than half of young women raped knew their rapist as their friend, boyfriend, or casual acquaintance.
- Youths involved in same-sex dating are just as likely to experience dating violence as their straight peers.
- Females ages 16-24 are three times more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other group.