"When we educate ourselves, we begin to consider those admittedly frightening possibilities that ultimately increase our kids' safety." A recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics, reports that educating teens through school-based intervention proved to be an effective way to decrease and stop teen dating abuse.
The researchers surveyed students during the 2012-13 academic year at eight school-based health centers in California, reported Futurity.
Hearing Kaity’s story can be a wake-up call for teens who are being abused, Bobbi points out.
"I think at least part of the answer to this communication dilemma can be answered by parents in the form of improved education," Cook wrote.
But over time he became jealous and possessive, accusing her of lying and cheating.
By December 2007 Kaity had enough, and she ended the relationship.
“Without hesitation I said ‘yes.’ That’s when I started looking into statistics,” she says.
Parents Are in the Dark According to Love Is Respect.org, 81 percent of parents either don’t think teen dating violence is an issue or don’t know if it’s an issue. In the United States, 1.5 million high school students experience dating violence every year, and only 33 percent of them report the abuse.