Abuse is a serious issue that unfortunately affects too many of us. No matter who you are, abuse is not your fault, and no one deserves abuse.
If you know about abuse that is happening, or if you are experiencing abuse tell an adult you trust.
While the immediate impact might be humiliation and/or physical pain, young people who experience abuse are more likely to be in physical fights or bring weapons to school.
They might exhibit higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse as well as high-risk sexual behaviors.
The cloak of secrecy is further reinforced because victims of dating and relationship violence often feel powerless, frightened, and ashamed; therefore, they are reluctant to report their experiences because they may feel they are somehow at fault; or they may have reasonable fears that the violence will escalate if they disclose their experiences to another person.
Witnessing can mean SEEING actual incidents of physical/and or sexual abuse.
It can mean HEARING threats or fighting noises from another room.
Abusive Relationships and Dating Violence Approximately 9.8% of youth reported an experience of physical dating violence in the last year, and 7.4% of youth report having been physically forced to have sexual intercourse in the last year (Eaton, Kann, Kinchen, et al., 2010).
Dating and romantic relationships are characterized by emotional and physical intimacy.