Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Teen Date Violence Up - Economy Blamed

New data released today from the Liz Claiborne company and the Family Violence Prevention Fund indicate that there's been an increase in teen dating violence of late - probably due to the downturn in the economy.

According to the survey, 47 percent of teens say that a boyfriend or a girlfriend have exhibited some kind of controlling behavior toward them. That's an astounding figure.

And nearly one in three teens who were surveyed say their dates have gone further, by threatening them or physically abusing them.

One of the new problems involving this kind of intimidation involves new technologies, like the Internet and text messaging, which are being increasingly used by teens to control or demonize the people they've dated.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on the problem. Sadly, only three states have programs to educate teens about abusive relationships.


Anonymous said...

i am seeing this off line on line also..seems the bully trend is out in full force....i am not a teen i am seeing this in grown ups..insecure anger bitter all these words come to mind...if the parents are feeling this way not shocked the teens are following right in their foot steps....

WorthyOfUrAttn said...

The blame game comes into play here. When I was a teen, there was an unspoken zero tolerance rule for such behavior. No teen wanted to be first in town to be talked about. I blame the absent parent and the uncooperative parental structure. I also fault violent video games and those disrespectful to females. Mostly, I blame Children and Youth Services for teaching children that they have an allotment of negative behavior issues to work with and where the punishment doesn't fit the crime.