February is Teen Dating Awareness month, and teens are encouraged to educate themselves and talk about abusive relationships and consent.
On average, one in three teens is a victim of abuse from a partner, but only 33 percent of teens report being in an abusive relationship. Types of abuse include mental/emotional, physical, sexual, and verbal.
Ten signs of an abusive relationship:
Threats—threats of violence against partner, threats of suicide if partner leaves
Physical and sexual violence—sexual advances without consent
Refusal to communicate
Withdrawal of affection
Isolating partner from friends and family
Because of the fear surrounding the topic, many teens are not aware of problems in dating and, all too often, do not report abuse in their relationships. Teens can get involved in spreading awareness by helping those who report being stuck in abuse, encouraging consent, creating a PSA on social media and talking openly about the problem.
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