School and dating
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines dating aggression as physical, sexual, or psychological hostility or attacks that occur between current or past dating partners, and can even be extended to stalking and other forms of harassment.Sexual aggression is any form of unwanted or sexual behavior, from nonconsensual contact to oral, vaginal or anal rape.
“Whenever a teen experiences such abuse, there are going to be emotional symptoms of trauma such as depression, anxiety, shame, and low self-esteem.” When someone is abused, she explains, it creates a sense of disempowerment and loss of control.There’s a reason college health centers hand out free condoms, and it’s STDs.With one out of every four students contracting some sort of STD, you never know what your potential date might be hiding.College dating follows a completely different set of rules than any other dating scene.In high school, “dating” can mean anything from hanging out with a group of friends to hitting the movies one-on-one.© Susan Mc Quillan Source Links: Newport Academy Heather Senior Monroe, MSW, LCSW References: CDC Dating Abuse Statistics Teen dating violence (Physical and Sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. May 2015;169(5):474-482 Edwards KM, Eckstein RP, Rodenhizer-Stampfli KA. Dating and Sexual Aggression Bystander Intervention among high school youth.
University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy.
Surprisingly, students were least likely to get involved when a friend appeared to be drunk at a party and were taken out of the room. According to the University of New Hampshire report, some of the biggest barriers were a desire to avoid drama, fear of social repercussion, the nature of their own relationship with either the victim or the perpetrator or a feeling that the behavior wasn’t actually abusive.
Where does all this leave the victim of high school dating abuse?
Inappropriate physical and sexual behavior gets plenty of media coverage when it occurs on and around college campuses or in the lives of politicians, but less so when it happens at the high school level.
Yet abuse affects 1 out of every five female and one out of every 10 male high school students who date.
Adult victims of rape and other forms of physical or psychological abuse have reported some form of earlier intimate partner violence as early as 11 years of age.