“I started to kind of question why I couldn’t have guy friends or why he always needed to know what I was doing and it would turn into little verbal abusive spats and then it got physical.” KCBS’ Jeffrey Schaub Reports: Her life changed forever one night, at a party.Her boyfriend had, she later learned, been doing drugs in a bathroom.
Teen abusers try to manipulate their dating partners by making all the decisions, putting them down in front of friends, threatening to kill themselves, stalking them, or forcing them to have sex.Unlike adult domestic violence in which women are more often the victim, boys and girls report abuse about equally in teen relationships.“It was perfect, you know started as a relationship that you see in the movies,” she recalled.That quickly changed, with the boyfriend not wanting her to hang out with her friends or to participate in any extracurricular activities. He even started to drive a wedge between the girl and her parents.Preventing teen dating violence requires social change and youth activism is an important driver for initiating that change.
As part of Raliance, CALCASA/Prevent Connect and national partners are convening the This GEN: Youth Summit in March.
Listen for Jeffrey’s Cover Story reports, “Teen Violence,” Monday through Friday, Dec.
As we celebrate the month of love in February, many others will experience dating violence. will experience some form of dating violence from a romantic partner.
The summit will elevate the voices of student activists working to end gender-based violence and will be student-led from beginning to end.
The planning committee has worked to create an experience for youth that recognizes that in order to build the next generation of activists, we need to do more listening and follow their lead.
Unfortunately, teens are more likely to experience dating violence than any other age group. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Human Options is empowering teens to show respect and engage in healthy relationships.