Teen Relationship Abuse

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Teen Relationship Abuse

Sherry Viel

English 215

8-30-2012

Daniel Gleason

Teen Relationship Abuse

In reality, there is "an epidemic of teenage-dating violence,” (Galvan, 2008). Our teenagers are in need of help. Teen related dating violence has become a serious issue. For example, “28 percent of high school and college students (female and male) report experiencing abuse in their relationships” (Teitelbaum, 2003). Hence why, violence in teen relationships has become more common in our society, “there are still many barriers - lack of funding, inadequate legislation” (Teitelbaum, 2003). This is why it is important for everyone, especially teens, to be educated about teen related violence. Abuse has become so common that some people do not realize they are being abused. Often young adults hurt the ones they proclaim to love due to depression, heated arguments, or something as simple as a conversation in which the abuser heard words they simply did not like. Therefore, regardless of how early in a relationship, one needs to be able to recognize the warning signs of a potential abuser. Education is essential in the prevention of horrendous acts of violence. For example, “One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner” ( Safety & Privacy, 2007-2011). As a nation built on civil laws, we must be able to assist in preventing and stopping violence among our youth. If our schools can teach sex education and provide condoms to our adolescents, they can also educate our youth about teen relationship violence; and the warning signs. Moreover, a teacher’s insight and influence may be equally impactful as a parent’s, because adolescents spend five days a week, and up to eight hours a day at school. In some instances, there are teachers that may know more about their student’s relationship...
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