News paper article about dating violence

16-Sep-2017 02:00

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“Too many (teenagers) think a bad relationship is better than no relationship at all,” Sevier said.

“They won’t talk if a boyfriend is roughing them up or a girlfriend is abusing them.

“When it comes up, it is serious, but a lot of (students’ animosity) is under wraps,” Sevier said.

“We can’t know what’s under the surface if kids won’t talk about it.” To get students talking about it, trusted adults have to watch for warning signs, counselors say.

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The governor signs a proclamation each February declaring it Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, but statistics — such as the fact that 23 percent of female victims first experience intimate partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17 — aren't always mentioned.“That’s the danger in it.” Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide are physically abused by a dating partner every year, according to Love Is