That’s Not Cool addresses ways teens can work against dating abuse in their everyday actions.
Social media has “added a level of stress that, we, as adults, haven’t had to deal with and we really need to make sure that young people understand that and set boundaries around their digital lives,” said Ferrer. Brittny Henderson of Burlington Wis., came face-to face with dating abuse her freshmen year in high school.
According to Love is Respect.org, dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. “It all happened so slowly,” Brittny explained of the increasingly aggressive and controlling behavior her once goofy, fun boyfriend started exhibiting.
National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims.
The Date Safe Project is committed to being the nation’s leading organization for teaching how “asking first” makes all the difference in creating safer intimacy and in decreasing occurrences of sexual assault.
The new CDC survey adds to its prior research into the prevalence of dating violence, but the latest version asked updated questions that include sexual violence and more accurately portray violent behaviors, the study authors say.
Most of the teens surveyed reported experiencing such violence more than one time.
The overwhelmingly majority of teens witness dating aggression or sexual violence among their peers, but many choose not to intervene — sometimes because they want to avoid drama, sometimes because they want to fuel drama, and sometimes because they’re afraid of second-guessing a more popular kid.
Those are among new findings from researchers at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy, who conducted a study that — though small — offers an unusual glimpse of bystander intervention among high school teenagers.
Watch the video above and below to hear from the students.
Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Barbara Ferrer talks to “48 Hours” about what parents need to know about teen dating abuse, the impact of social media, and the importance of healthy dating relationships. “Everybody’s electronically communicating about it. And what it tends to do is exacerbate the entirety of the situation.
Students participating in Lincoln Sudbury High School’s Mentors in Violence Prevention program give a dramatic presentation to fellow students about the warning signs of dating abuse and breakup violence.