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Norwegian study links sexting and teen dating violence


A new study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health shows a link between teens in relationships who “sext” and an increased rate of dating violence. Of 1000 Norwegian teens (ages 14-17) surveyed, 549 indicated they were in a romantic relationship. A third of these teens reported having sent sexually explicit messages and photos. The survey found that those teens who sent “sext” messages were 4 times more likely to suffer physical violence such as pushing, shoving, strangulation or being beaten with a hard object.

Lead author Per Hellivek said “there is a bigger chance of becoming a victim of intimate partner violence if you send messages with sexual content.”

The study also noted that more than 40 percent of the teens in relationships said they had experienced dating violence whether or not they had sexted a partner.

The study concluded that sexting itself does not cause violence, but other issues such as experiencing violence at home may be a contributing factor to teen dating violence.

“We wouldn’t let teenagers hang around in the streets all day without knowing what they are up to or who they were with,” said Hellevik.

“In the same way, they shouldn’t be allowed to hang around online on their own.”

Click to read more about this study http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-teens-sext-violence.html

President Obama signs proclamation

On January 29, 2016, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring February 2016 as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. You can help make a difference by sharing the DASH website and Facebook page with family, friends, teachers, counselors and schools. Together we can help teens recognize the signs of teen dating abuse and learn what makes a healthy relationship. This month and throughout the coming year let’s let everyone know that Dating Abuse Stops Here.

Click here to read the proclamation.

She regained her confidence after an abusive relationship

On the eve of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month, we salute Brittaney Shane, who realized that her ex-boyfriend had been emotionally abusive to her and found the strength to love herself again.

Her story has been going viral on Facebook after she wrote this compelling post:

“You always told me I didn’t look good with long hair and that you preferred girls with short hair. So I kept my hair cut above my shoulders at all times. You laughed at me and told me I looked ridiculous when I dyed my hair red when we were together. So a week later I dyed it back blonde.”

“You would always point out if I was wearing too much makeup. (Winged eyeliner and mascara most of the time) So I just stopped wearing it. You told me tattoos and piercings were tacky and ugly. And would try to take out my belly button ring every time you saw it. So I took out my piercings and didn’t get any more tattoos.

You pointed out my stretch marks every chance you got. So I did my best to keep them hidden.”

“You pointed out every time I looked like I had gained weight. So I started eating less every day. You pointed out every single flaw I had. So I lost every bit of confidence I had.

I did everything I could to be what you wanted. I did everything you told me to do. It still wasn’t good enough. You left me for a younger prettier girl. Someone you could mold and shape into what you wanted. Like you tried to do with me. And up until a few months ago I blamed myself for everything that happened. You blamed me too.

But finally I started to see the truth.”

“You weren’t out of my league. I was out of yours. I wasn’t the one who wasn’t good enough for you.

You were the one who wasn’t good enough for me. You couldn’t accept me for who I was. When I took you the way you were.”

“So now here I am a few months later. My hair is past my shoulders. My hair is bright red. I’ve got a new tattoo. New piercings. Started wearing makeup again. I eat whatever I want whenever I want and weigh 135 pounds. I still have my stretch marks.

And I’ve finally gotten my confidence back. I finally see myself looking back at me when I look in the mirror. It’s so hard for me to come out about this and admit that I became so vulnerable because of one guy. Something I always said would never happen. It’s humiliating to even think about how low I got. But what gives me the guts to come out about this is the fact that I overcame it and I’m finally back to who I really am.” *

* Source:  “TeenWrites Empowering Message About Self-acceptance on Facebook” by Barbara Diamond on littlethings.com

The first early warning sign of teen dating abuse is “telling you what to do or how to act.” This is exactly what Brittaney’s boyfriend was doing. He wasn’t just criticizing her for her choices or giving his opinion, he was trying to control how she looked by tearing down her confidence. Luckily, he left her before the abuse escalated (and it always escalates). Brittaney’s story confirms that teen dating abuse is still prevelant, but it can be prevented and overcome. Learn about the early warning signs of teen dating abuse by clicking here and share them with your friends.

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