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Misconceptions about Dating Violence

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, which makes it a perfect time to promote safe, healthy relationships to youth.  Teens should know that the term ‘dating violence’ does not refer to the occasional argument or bad mood, which are a normal part of any relationship. Rather, dating violence is when someone tries to control their significant

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Teen Romantic Relationships: Preventing Dating Violence

For many people, February is labeled as the month of love because of Valentine’s Day. But it is also National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. It’s disappointing that we need such an observance, but one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner! With these types of numbers,

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Rules for Dating

It is an emotional, overwhelming, and sometimes awkward time when your teenager starts dating. Many of us fear the time our child begins dating for a variety of reasons – it’s a big sign your child is growing up, it’s a time when your child desires someone else’s attention more than yours, and it opens a whole new area of

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Parents Must Talk to Teens to Prevent Teen Dating Violence

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Studies show that 1 in 3 American teenagers have experienced an abusive dating relationship and 1 in 10 teenagers suffers physical violence at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend. A nationwide survey from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 23% of females and 14% of males who ever experienced rape,

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Middle School Students May Hold the Key to Preventing Teen Dating Violence

When you hear about dating violence, what age do you think is affected?  Many of us believe dating abuse is an issue for high school students and young adults, but a new study challenges that misconception. A recent study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Blue Shield of California found that 75% of middle school students had already had a

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February is Dating Violence Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe dating violence as physical, sexual, or psychological harm placed on one partner by the other in a dating relationship. Physical violence includes slapping, scratching or pushing, but can be more extreme. Psychological violence includes insulting, humiliating, threatening, or trying to control what the other partner can or cannot do. Most studies and

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Teen Abuse

Approximately 6 million children are abused every year. Abuse can range from verbal, physical, psychological, or sexual mistreatment in venues that range from home to work to school. Abuse can be inflicted by family members, so-called friends, teachers, bullies, and romantic partners. The most common form of teen abuse is dating violence. It is estimated that 1 in 3 teens

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Teen Dating Violence

In our previous blog, we talked about the basics of teen dating: when teens should begin dating, how to talk to your teen about dating, and the rules for helping our children successfully navigate this developmental milestone. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, sometimes things can go wrong. In this blog, we will discuss teen dating violence. What is dating violence?

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Helping to Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma

Abuse, neglect, loss, disaster. Trauma can come in many forms, and it impacts every individual in unique ways. Children, in particular, don’t know how to unlock their own inherent resiliency or access the tools needed to handle trauma in constructive ways. It might seem obvious that youth who grow up in a hostile home environment, witness violence, or experience other

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Sextortion

A little-known sex crime called “sextortion” is becoming more common, and teens are often the victims. Sextortion is when a perpetrator obtains a victim’s private and sensitive photos or videos and then threatens to release them publicly unless the victim meets their demands. Perpetrators tend to blackmail their victims into paying them money, sending sexual images or video, or performing

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Best Way to Talk to Teens About Difficult Subjects

There are many difficult subjects that we are supposed to talk to our youth about – sex, drugs, relationships, crime, depression, alcohol, violence, bullying, peer pressure, safety… well, you get the point. The problem is that all of these subjects can become awkward conversations that often earn eye-rolling and groans in teens. However, difficult conversations are important because they can

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Sexual Assault Awareness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is a good excuse to use to talk to your teen – both boys and girls – about this important issue. Many parents make the mistake of only talking to their daughters about sexual assault. While it’s true that the majority of sexual assault victims are women and girls, many men and boys

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Reasons, Consequences & Prevention Tips for Teen Pregnancy

Teenagers becoming parents is all too common in America. The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world. We will explain the reasons many teens end up pregnant, the consequences of teen pregnancy, and how teen pregnancy can be prevented. Reasons There are a number of reasons that teens end up pregnant. Some teens cite contraception

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