Dating Abuse


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In the United States, 1 in 3 adolescents is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner. 1 in 10 high school students has been purposely slapped or hit by a boyfriend or girlfriend. This issue was brought more into the public light a few years ago on the MTV show Teen Mom. In the show, Amber was filmed slapping and hitting her boyfriend Gary. She later was arrested on the charges of physical assault.  Estimates show that nearly 25% of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse and 70% of college students have been sexually coerced. 

Girls between the ages of 16 and 24 face the highest rate of intimate partner violence.

People involved in abusive dating relationships are at a higher risk for eating disorders and drug abuse.  Being abused makes teenage girls six times more likely to become pregnant or contract an STI. Nearly 50% of people who have been victims of dating violence and rape attempt suicide. 

Perhaps the scariest statistic is that 81% of parents do not think teen dating violence is an issue for their children or they are not aware of it.

 (An example of Teen Dating Violence.)

We have already looked at what the Bible has to say about verbal and physical abuse. It is not acceptable for any person to abuse another. 

If you are being abused and you are dating or are a teenager…TELL SOMEBODY. 

If you are a PARENT, make sure you know the people your children are friends with and the people they are dating. Take time to talk with your children and to make sure they know they can talk with you if they are experiencing any abuse from boyfriends or girlfriends. Pray for your children and for them to make wise decisions about who to date.

(The above video is from the show “What Would You Do?”)
It is not as graphic as the pic here make it out to be.

If you you see abuse happening, do something!! It is time we stand up in this country for human right…namely the right for all people to be treated equally. There is no place for abuse in our society and no excuse for idly letting it happen. Christians see humans as being created in the image of God. As such, all humans are intrinsically valuable and we cannot let these abuses continue.

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