From prom season to football season, students everywhere in middle and high school are navigating love, dating and relationships.
Break the Cycle met with five professional dating and sexual violence advocates from South India in our D.C. office on Friday, March 20th to discuss using social media to create public campaigns and to support the development of healthy relationships and their work. These amazing advocates are here as part of a program through the State Department, and chose Break the Cycle as a stop in their tour.
We were honored to speak with the following advocates:
Twenty years ago, texting seemed like an impossible dream. Now, texting is a normal method of communication for many people, whether it’s texting friends, family or a partner. Highlighting the hold that technology has on our communication styles,, the Pew Internet and American Life Project conducted a study in 2010 that found young people ages 12 to 17 sent over 100 texts a day.
According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, approximately 39 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) men and slightly more than half of LGBTQ women experience abuse from their partners.
According to a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 percent of high school girls and 10 percent of high school boys have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated. While we often hear about the harmful impacts of physical or sexual abuse in a relationship, we do not hear about the ways in which emotional or verbal abusive behaviors can be used in a relationship to manipulate or control a dating partner.
Adult allies and organizations serving youth communities often ask about how they can better serve the needs of young people. Break the Cycle's Director of Programs Kelley Hampton guest blogs and talks about what you can as an ally or organization to help young people experiencing dating abuse.
“I knew something was wrong. I knew I needed help, but I didn’t know where to go.” -- Anonymous
Between Chris Brown, Bill Cosby and the many domestic violence charges against NFL players (and athletes in general), there’s been no shortage of stories in the media about dating abuse. Even in other stories, dating violence has been creeping into conversations unlikely to mention violence.
During teenDVmonth, we've asked our National Youth Advisory Board to guest write blogs. This week's youth perspective is brought to you by Chandler Lewis, Team Member.
In the last few years, the issue of sexual assault and dating abuse on college campuses has gained overdue traction in the public sphere.
One in three young people experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a dating partner. This is an epidemic. Despite the urgency of this issue, survivors between the ages of 12-18 often have limited access to legal protections, including civil protection orders or restraining orders.