Dating abuse happens to young people from every socio-economic group regardless of race, religion, academic ability or economic background. Use clear language to describe what you see is happening. Tactics used in youth dating abuse include one or more of the following: There are many reasons why teens don’t tell parents about the abuse. Acknowledge that they are in a very difficult and scary situation.

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They are disrespectful and may have problems keeping their emotions under control.

Early relationships in middle and older adolescence are, how should we describe it,… Remember Romeo and Juliet, the 13 year-olds from feuding families that Shakespeare tragically paired together in 15th century Verona?

Jana and Chris didn’t realize that their 16 year-old son Michael, was unprepared in any of these lessons soon after he started going out with a new girl he had met through a friend.

“He seemed honestly happy, he was really good at hiding what was going on,” Chris describes.

They realized it was much more serious than they imagined when they walked in on him in his room and he clumsily tried to hide a razor blade under his pillow.

“She was hurting herself, it turns out,” Chris reveals, “and she kept trying to get him to do it by telling him it would help him understand how she felt. We were really angry with this girl, but it was just as surprising to us that he was actually going to do it.

He’s a sensitive kid, but that just wasn’t anything he had ever tried before.

A couple weeks ago, I told you about the amazing date I went on with an Italian guy I met.

They may be embarrassed or ashamed, and may blame themselves. Tell them that you are concerned for their safety and well-being and that you are there for them.

They may be afraid their parents will make them break up, convinced that it is their fault or that their parents will blame them or be disappointed in them, and afraid of losing privileges. Ask them what they would like to have happen..can you help them be safe. Educate yourself—access online resources, read, call Caring Unlimited for information and/or support for yourself!

It means she sees you as exclusive to her, her right and privilege.