She should be carefree and having fun, but that was far from the truth! Teen Dating Violence is defined as the psychological, emotional, physical, and sexual violence that occurs within a dating relationship. She knew she had to break the cycle; she knew she needed help; she knew she deserved better. This month marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.A Confused Mother Dear Mother, First, let me say that we have to be very careful about wishing for popularity for our kids.The popular kids are not always the happiest kids nor are they always the nicest. Anyone who has ever been excluded knows that this has often been initiated by the popular kids. Nonetheless, kids who begin to date as young teens are more likely to have bad study habits, eventually develop substance use problems and are unfortunately more likely to drop out of school than teens who begin to date at later ages. He gave her gifts, complimented her, and told her how much she meant to him. He had even forced her to do sexual things to him that later disgusted her. Brad hit her, humiliated her, called her names and made her do things she would have never dreamed of doing.
Ever since then, I have been at battle with a vicious cat-and-mouse cycle of crushes, short-lived relationships, heartbreak and (surprisingly severe) depression.Bethany stared out the window wondering how she ever got into the mess she was in… This national campaign brings awareness to an issue that marks this nation - domestic violence.She had just turned 17 and she should be in the prime of her teen years. Unfortunately, many victims of domestic violence were once victims to another very real issue, Teen Dating Violence (which also runs a national campaign in the month of February).I currently write technology tutorials for a leading cloud hosting company based in New York City.At any rate, I could really use your help keeping my emotional sanity.