Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

According to the Teen Dating Violence Awareness website, teens in rural parts of the United States are at much higher risk for teen dating violence than their counterparts in other parts of the country.

Learning how to develop healthy relationships begins early in life. As teens begin to date and develop relationships, they may encounter situations they do not know how to handle. Parents can help youth during this formative time.

Sexual violence and abuse are common in relationships among teens. Approximately one in three high school students will be involved in abusive relationships.

Middle school students who report bullying a classmate admit to being the victim of dating abuse. Teenagers who have experienced physical abuse or sexual abuse contemplate suicide.

Parents of teens have a difficult challenge. They need to give their teens room to grow and experience relationships. They also need to help them set healthy boundaries to protect themselves from harm.

Open communication between parents and teens is crucial. If your teen does not believe they can tell you anything, you may never know if your teen becomes involved in an abusive relationship. Therefore, begin discussing healthy relationships at a young age.

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