What is Dating Violence?
Are you going out with someone who...
- Makes fun of you or insults you while you are alone or in public?
- Has ever hit, slapped, kicked you, even if it only occurred once but never again?
- Purposely shows interest in others to make you feel upset?Has ever verbally or physically forced you to do something sexual you may have not wanted to do?
- Smashes, kicks or hits objects?
- Gets jealous and doesn't like you to hang around with certain friends?
- Controls what to do, who you see, who you talk to and where you go?
- Doesn't support your goals or let you make your own decisions?
- Follows you and makes you fearful?
Emotional abuse is probably the most difficult form of abuse to spot in a relationship. If someone you are dating calls you names, insults you or makes fun of you, that's emotional abuse. Some people may think of jealously is a sign of abuse.
Sexual abuse can be anything from kissing to forcing you to do anything sexual you do not want to do. NO means NO. It doesn't have to be said repeatedly for someone to stop, only once. After that, it's a crime.
We all know what physical abuse is. Hitting, kicking, slapping. It's all the same and it hurts. Although physical abuse may only occur once, it usually happens repeatedly with escalating incidents.
No one deserves to be abused.
FACT: The average age of the first physically violent dating experience is 15.
FACT: In Canada, 1 in every 4 sex offenders is a teenager.
FACT: At least 1 in every 10 high school students has experienced some form of violence in a dating relationship.