February 16, 2007, Newsletter Issue #138: Teen Abusive Relationship

Tip of the Week

Teen abusive relationships include physical, sexual and verbal abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000)  found that one in 11 high school students said they had been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year. Similarly, one in 11 students reported that they had been forced to have sexual intercourse. According to 2000 statistics from the Bureau of Justice, far greater numbers of teens (as high as 96 percent) report emotional and psychological abuse in their dating relationships.

You may be in an abusive relationship if your boy/girl friend:

· Acts possessive or jealous

· Slaps, pushes, hits, kicks or threatens you

· Forces you to have sex

· Yells at you

· Makes you feel guilty all the time

· Calls you names or makes you feel stupid

· Forces you to do things you are not comfortable doing

· Uses drugs or alcohol or forces you to use them

· Won’t let you break up with him/her

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