Many times, teens who are involved in an abusive relationship will remain silent. They will not ask for help or seek guidance until after they have already suffered for a period of time. This can cause serious physical, emotional, and mental damage to a developing teen. As adults, these teens are more likely to be withdrawn and depressed.
24 Teen Dating Abuse Warning Signs
Early Warning Signs of Dating Violence | RAINN
Residential Treatment Centers Troubled Boys. Approximately 1 in 5 teen girls claimed that a boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a break-up. These numbers bring to light the growing problem of teen violence, as does the estimated rate of disclosure. There are many reasons why teens keep violence or abuse to themselves. Shame, self-blame, embarrassment and fear are fairly common reasons for teens to keep silent. They may also be afraid that parents or authority figures will make them break up, blame them for being weak, create new rules and take away privileges. Many teens are inexperienced enough to be unaware that what they are experiencing is not healthy or normal.
What Are the Warning Signs of Teen Violence?
In my last column, I mentioned that parents never want to think of their daughters and sons enduring physical, emotional, mental, sexual or social media assaults in their dating relationships. Sadly, many times, parents overlook the evidence a child is involved in an abusive relationship because we do not want to think the unthinkable. Be alert and on guard. Remember your children have much to learn about healthy relationships — especially dating relationships. The Break the Cycle website breakthecycle.