Monday, February 17, 2014

TEEN WEEK: what to do if you are in an abusive relationship

Hey Ya Gorgeous!
Today in TEEN WEEK, and also as you have a break from school for the President's Day holiday, I want to have a wee chit chat about what to do if you are a teen girl in a relationship and being abused.
Remember, abuse can be verbal, like being yelled at, mocked, or have threatening speech directed at you.
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Abuse can also be physical or sexual and as a teen girl, it's reported that as high as 33% are currently in an abusive relationship and have not or will not say anything for fear of losing their partner or repercussion from the partner they are dating.
  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.
  • Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced. 

Why Focus on Young People?

  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence -- almost triple the national average.
  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
  • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.
  • About 72% of eighth and ninth graders are “dating".

Statistics found at:

So I share this information to encourage you to open up and talk to someone about your situation. Personally, I think one of the best listener's is God. He can hear you, respond to you and help heal you.
Give it a try!

You are worthy and valuable and if you need help try reading this book:

I bought mine for Kindle, read it and enjoyed it while highlighting along with the practical wisdom. 

Gorgeous if you need help with something, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask!