Pre teen dating
The immediate scenario that pops into your head is likely not a teen or pre-teen couple.
But unfortunately, teen dating violence is reality for 1.5 million high school students across the US every year who experience some form of dating violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend.
A pattern of put-downs, name-calling, yelling, or threats leveled against a dating partner.
Young teens often do not realize that this kind of control is abusive.
Statistics show that 72% of students in 8th and 9th grades are in dating relationships.
Teens use abuse to manipulate and control the other person in the relationship through behaviors ranging from intimidation to severe physical and sexual abuse.
Any sexual contact that is not 100% consensual, including any type of pressure or coercion that leads to sexual activity, oral sex, touching or kissing that is unwanted by the victim.
This also includes sexual contact with a partner who is intoxicated or drugged and unable to give clear and informed consent.