Teen dating cycle
The theme for Teen DV Month 2016 is “Love = Setting Boundaries,” and specific resources around that theme are available on the loveisrespect website, including a Love Is Respect guide and information about February webinars and Twitter chats.
The importance of this issue is why dozens of NEA members participated in a workshop, led by Sarah Colomé of Break the Cycle, at the NEA Joint Conference on Concerns of Women and Minorities last year.
Consider that kiss by the lockers: Sign of affection or statement of ownership?
“In high school, all the time, there’d be boyfriends making their girlfriends skip class to make out in front of the lockers, or making them make out in front of their friends,” says Hunter.
“Educators should keep that more holistic view of violence in mind.” Digital abuse may be the most invisible to adults, but it is prevalent among the tech generation.
“There is a lot of pressuring for nude pics, or pressure to give up your passwords for all of your social media.
Resources are available for educators who want to establish the importance of healthy relationships.Or is it an act of control to isolate a victim from friends?“You can see the partner grab their hand in that way,” says New York college student Trendha Hunter, a member of loveisrespect’s teen advisory board.Our definition should include not only physical abuse, but also sexual, verbal and emotional, and digital abuses.
“It can appear in a lot of different ways,” warns Colomé.Think about GPS locating apps.” Last year, Chavarria had a student—“a stunningly beautiful girl, intelligent and athletic”—who was shoved to the ground by her boyfriend during soccer practice.