In fact, less than 10% of teen victims report seeking help. Kids are being abused, resources are available, but the link between the two is missing. What follows are some myths about teen dating violence that may prevent youth from seeking help, or receiving help when they do reach out.Myth: If a person stays in an abusive relationship, it must not really be that bad. Almost 80% of girls who have been physically abused will continue to date their abusers. These include fear, emotional dependence, low self-esteem, feeling responsible, confusing jealousy and possessiveness with love, threats of more violence, or hope that the abuser will change.Unfortunately, we have far to go in raising awareness of this problem; 81% of parents believe that teen dating violence isn’t an issue.Additionally, teens aren’t seeking out the help being offered.A 2001 study of high school students conducted by Harvard University found that 1 in 5 teenage girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner FACT: Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense. Bureau of Justice statistics reports that over 90% of the reported incidents of assaults in FACT: Teen dating violence can be very dangerous – sometimes lethal.Relationship violence is a tactic that an individual chooses to use in an attempt to exert power over and control their partner.The target of the violence is never to blame for the choice an abuser makes to use violence against a partner.
Some progress toward awareness, prevention, and intervention with these youth has been made.1 in 5 college students reported some form of physical violence and abuse in their dating relationships.REALITY: Most abusers do not use violence at the workplace or in other non-intimate relationships to solve conflict.Love involves much more than physical attraction, and takes time to develop.And having sex to keep someone interested can backfire, or worse.