Myths about dating violence
Research has shown that 2 out of 5 females and 1 out of 3 males report being victimized in a dating relationship. One study found that more girls (41%) than boys (29%) reported perpetrating at some point in their lives.The media typically shows male perpetrators, so what message do our teens receive about abusers?
Carly Hanks is a third year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University. Her research primarily focuses on the assessment of juvenile offenders, sexual aggression, and exposure to pornography over the lifetime. Amanda Fanniff is an Assistant Professor at Palo Alto University.These are serious, long-term consequences that can negatively affect lifetime well-being.Sadly, there is also an increase in indirect self-destructive behaviors.Fact: First, teen dating violence isn’t just limited to arguing.It includes physical, sexual, and emotional/psychological abuse, and stalking — all of which are very real and can be very damaging.While these victims may not necessarily seek out mental health care, it is not uncommon for victims of such violence to see their pediatrician or their OB/GYN for what presents as a physical or medical dilemma, but what in truth is actually the psychological reaction to trauma.
Oftentimes, these symptoms are indicative of increased levels of depression, alcohol and substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress.
Fact: A person who wants to have sex with you does not necessarily love you.
Love involves much more than physical attraction and takes time to develop.
And having sex to keep someone interested can backfire or worse.
Remember, having sex even once can result in an unplanned pregnancy, an STD (sexually transmitted disease) or both!
Knowing this, interventions tailored specifically to the LGBTQ community should be developed.