Adolescence is a time for learning about relationships.Teens often fail to recognize abuse, especially emotional abuse, because they are inexperienced with dating and may have misperceptions about romantic love.is a pattern of actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, financial, verbal/emotional abuse, sexual or reproductive coercion, social sabotage, and/or sexual harassment perpetrated by an adolescent against a current or former partner or a person with whom the teen has some kind of intimate relationship.While it’s necessary to educate young people about the warning signs and impact of abusive relationships, it’s at least equally productive to talk with them about relationship rights, respect and the dynamics of healthy relationships.Even if they recognize the abuse, they may hesitate to report it for fear of retaliation or embarrassment.Possessiveness, controlling behavior, and verbal put-downs are common forms of verbal abuse.
The AAUW Education Foundation (2001) study defines sexual harassment in this way: In the past many institutions have had a somewhat casual attitude about sexual harassment understanding those behaviors as harmless flirting, or as “kids being kids”.
Physical abuse may involve pushing, slapping, hitting, pulling hair, threatening with a weapon, and sexual assault including rape.
Teen dating violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation.
Although more females report injuries from dating partners, males suffer emotional abuse at the same rate as females.
Regardless of the form of abuse, it is always about the abuser's need for power and control, not the worthiness or failure of the victim.