Note to parents of teenagers: Be mindful of the perils of teen dating.
The fact that your child doesn’t have a black eye or swollen lip doesn’t mean she, or he, is not in an abusive relationship.
Since the majority of teens possess a cellphone, often with no adult supervision, these devices have made it easier for abusers to maintain control over their partner.
Sometimes they may recognize the abusive behavior but may excuse or minimize the significance.Laura Clary, a registered nurse and clinic manager for the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination, or SAFE, program at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, discusses some of the less visible signs for which parents should be on the lookout. Teen dating violence is a big problem, affecting young people from all communities.Statistics show that up to one in three adolescents are victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse from their partner. While typically dating violence is most common among women ages 16 to 24, we have seen dating violence begin in the sixth grade or with children as young as 12 years old.Maybe you don’t see these things, but notice a change in your child’s behavior.Are their grades dropping in school or are they frequently absent?Teen dating violence can occur among children as young as 12 years old.