Teen dating psychological abuse

26 May

Jennifer Gómez never forgot about her high school boyfriend after graduation.

He haunted her in nightmares even after she moved away and changed her name. "He hadn’t realized, for all these years, everything he’d done to me.

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Two thirds of teenagers in abusive dating relationships never tell anyone about the abuse, so it is no surprise that many parents are unaware of the high rate of teen dating violence in this country, or don’t think it is an issue in their lives.

Inappropriate physical and sexual behavior gets plenty of media coverage when it occurs on and around college campuses or in the lives of politicians, but less so when it happens at the high school level.

Yet abuse affects 1 out of every five female and one out of every 10 male high school students who date.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines dating aggression as physical, sexual, or psychological hostility or attacks that occur between current or past dating partners, and can even be extended to stalking and other forms of harassment.

Sexual aggression is any form of unwanted or sexual behavior, from nonconsensual contact to oral, vaginal or anal rape.