28 Days; 28 Tips: Day 6

February 6, 2017 Leave your thoughts

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
In honor of #TeenDVMonth, and in the hopes of helping to shine light on dating abuse, I’m posting 28 Tips for 28 Days. Stop by each day and discover stats that may shock you. Tips that can help you. Links that can save a life. Knowledge and understanding are our best weapons in fighting what has become a silent epidemic among teens!

Day 6, Tip 6
Girls and young women are at TRIPLE the risk of dating abuse than the national average. 

Why is that?

Because girls are often unsure of what a healthy relationship looks like. They don’t have experience and if they’re insecure and uncertain (and how many teen girls aren’t?), they can mistake jealousy, possessiveness and even obsession with love. What makes this even more dangerous is that because they’re not sure, they’re often embarrassed to speak up and ask someone for advice or help.

What can we do as family and friends? 


•Sudden changes in appearance, diet or sleeping habits

•A drop in grades or less participation in outside or school activities

•Avoiding friends or family

•Becoming secretive or withdrawn

•Making excuses for the dating partner

•Constantly checking cell phone or email. Responding immediately when contacted by dating partner.

If you want to learn more, search online for resources, starting with http://www.loveisrespect.org/

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