Dating as a teenager
Strong indicators of physical violence in teen relationships are jealousy, possessiveness and angry behavior from the teen's partner.
An abusive partner may try to control how the teen dresses, whom she hangs out with or what activities she participates in.
Teens who agree to meet these predators can be sexually assaulted.
According to the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three teens will experience some form of physical dating violence in their lives.
There was no way I could leave the room: What if he called and I wasn’t there to answer the phone? Dorm rooms didn’t come with answering machines and the development of voice mail was light years away.Many parents create strict rules about dating to try to keep their teens safe.Others regard teen dating as a natural part of the maturation process—an activity not without its risks but not a threat to the teen's health and safety.Your girlfriends might be jealous of your relationship but good friends can normally work through this.If your friends don’t like your boyfriend listen to what they have to say.
Whatever side of the fence you're on, it's important to know that teen dating can come with negative consequences.