A new study by the Center for Disease Control has found that nearly 10 percent of U.S. high school students report being hit, slapped or physically hurt by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year.
That means that one in four teenagers is suffering at the hands of an abuser. If these crimes are reported – and prosecuted outside of dedicated juvenile court systems ( many cities do not have separate family courts – set up tp protect teenagers from their own immaturity) – it can mean a permanent criminal history that can follow the individual throughout their lives.
The victimization is not just physical – sometimes teens can be victimized through technology or through other forms of emotional abuse.
“People I’ve talked to think teen dating violence is all about bruises. It’s not just about bruises. You can’t see emotional abuse,” says one teen at BeSmartBeWell.com/Domestic-Violence. “Teen dating abuse is just like domestic violence,” says Chicago Police Department’s Domestic Violence Liaison Officer Claretha Cross featured on the website. “It’s abuse designed to maintain and gain power and control over another person.
H. Michael’s Take
I strongly suggest that parents visit the site referenced above and do some reading to educate themselves as to the warning signs in this area and to prevent the abuse and potential for a criminal case filing of charges.
H. Michael Steinberg Esq.
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