Teen Dating Violence
In Northeast Louisiana, teen dating violence is one of the biggest challenges for area young adults. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, each year nearly 1 in 4 teens report being the victim of stalking, emotional abuse or sexual violence. Women ages 16-24 experience the highest rates of rape and highest rates of stalking. 1 in 5 high school girls have been physically or sexually abused, not by a stranger, but by a dating partner. Teen dating violence is abnormal by those teens experiencing it.
Here are some ways you can be aware and be safe.
• Always know whom you are with.
• Let your parents know where you are going and with whom.
• Never leave your drink unattended.
• On the Internet, never give out your real name or personal information; never agree to meet someone you have met on the Internet.
• Decide what your limits are about sex and communicate those clearly.
If you are the victim of relationship abuse, don’t blame yourself but rather seek help. Talk with people you trust and seek services. Contact the FJC at 318.998.6030 or the Wellspring crisis after hours at 318. 323.1505 or 1.888.411.1333 or wellspringalliance.org.
Additionally, click here to download a school flyer on dating violence. This is an excellent resource for information.
If you are or think you may become violent with the person you are dating, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233), 1.800.787.3224 (TDD).