Teen Dating Abuse
By: Taya Church
How Widespread Is It?
Effects on Wellness
A teenager may feel detached, less social than they were before getting in a relationship in fear of antagonizing their partner, or even skittish around others in fear their partner might see.
The abused teen may hate what they see, or feel badly about how they are as a person/body type. They might feel ashamed of themselves and believe what they're being told by the person that supposedly 'cares' about them. Teen dating abuse may cause PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) if the abuse is extremely bad.
If dealing with emotional/mental abuse, the abused may starve themselves to meet the expectation of their partner, may hurt themselves in guilt for not being what is expected of them, and in some cases, gain weight to make their partner happy. If dealing with a physical case, it may cause the breaking or fracturing of bones, bruises, or other bodily harm.
Reducing the Risk
Talking to your family or someone you trust. If you know someone who has gone through something like that, they'll be able to help you if they see any red flags before you do. In a lot of cases, people who are on the other side of the story or 'bystanders' are easier to tell if something is wrong.
Get to know them before you're in a relationship, and pay attention to how they act. You can sometimes tell what type of person someone is on how they treat someone close to them, or complete strangers. If they treat someone they don't know really badly, or treat someone they supposedly care about badly, keep that in mind. It could possibly be a sign (as mentioned above).
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