In 2001-2005, Peggy Giordano and her colleagues at Bowling Green State University interviewed more than 1,300 seventh, ninth and 11th graders in Toledo, Ohio. Wood, "The Emotions of Romantic Relationships: Do They Wreak Havoc on Adolescents?
[ Giordano is one of the authors of this article.] More than half of the girls in physically aggressive relationships said both they and their dating partner committed aggressive acts during the relationship.
Worse, it can be hard for LGBTQ to find competent care, as many shelters are gendered, making it difficult for same-sex or transgender victims and abusers to access resources.
If you are an LGBTQ young person in crisis, immediate help is available through The Trevor Project’s lifeline. Reach out to Break the Cycle, an organization that helps young people ages 12 to 24, and check out their actionable steps that you can take to end dating abuse right now.
The general public has been reeling as story after story reveals egregious allegations of abuses of power, but for many survivors, nothing about these allegations are shocking.
The only surprise is that suddenly, sexual assault allegations are being taken seriously and are even bringing about consequences for abusers.
The watershed #Me Too movement has ousted serial predators who had been untouchable for decades.
Just like access to sex education is key to enabling safer sex for young people, talking about dating violence is necessary to building healthy relationships.
There are many forms of dating violence, and not all are physical.
Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture.