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Love is respect: teen domestic violence awareness month

February 21, 2016
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

This year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide will be physical abused by a dating partner, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in ten high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Only one-third of them ever tell anyone about the abuse, and four out of five parents of teens and young college students surveyed either said they did not think teen dating violence was an issue, or admitted they didn't know if it was an issue.

This month is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and on the website, a project of Break the Cycle, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, there are numerous resources, including a number to text for support or help, a 24/7 online chat platform, and the answers to many questions about relationships.

I?watch the critically acclaimed Hulu series cast with a talented group of up-and-coming actors, "East Los High."

Conceived by the non-profit multimedia company Population Media to address the choices of teens and young adults, it has far more of the feel of a prime time drama than an after school special. Think of "Gossip Girl"?meeting "Glee"?with issues of poverty. The series features the Bomb Squad competitive dance team, which is the school's claim to fame Dance coach Ceci has had her share of issues, including single teen motherhood, an absence of caring adults, and boyfriend problems. She's overcome these issues to the point the youngerdance squad members look up to her, and the school puts their trust in her to develop the students' character, and to win competitions.

Ceci is getting her life together with her fianc, Pedro. As the wedding approaches, Ceci begins to have doubts because Pedro is becoming increasingly controlling. I?thought the show did a phenomenal job of showing the cycle of violence and the escalation of Pedro's behavior until it threatens Ceci's life.

Recognizing these cycles in the people who come into our children's lives is a parent's responsibility that can extend past that age 18 cutoff, I?think. Many times an abuser doesn't look like the bad guy (or girl) at the start, They sow the seeds of self-doubt, and that's how they begin to escalate the amount of control they have.

We hope for our young people who choose to date, that they will enjoy a healthy and happy dating life that will lead to fulfilling adult relationships down the road. Avoiding abusive teen relationships as well as getting help for teens who may be showing traits of not being good partners is essential to future healthy relationships.



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