Most of the teens surveyed reported experiencing such violence more than one time.The findings also showed that those who experienced some form of dating violence also had a higher prevalence of other health risks like drinking alcohol, using drugs or thinking about suicide.
Rihanna and Chris Brown were both interviewed by Banks.
The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who: Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.
All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.
With this issue, perhaps one useful frame is that of personal stories. As I was surfing the intertubes on this topic, I ran across this video on teen dating violence (warning, 13 minutes long). While both the linked video and Oprah’s show yesterday focus on both sides of the gender divide, they also both make clear that this issue effects women disproportionately.
I have to wonder as a teacher if this is a useful strategy.