Often coming from “La mujer […] Youth of all shapes and forms have voices that carry truth and passion. It gets buried in single story stereotypes and societal norms that tells us power comes with age or in the form of a white male.
This wheel represents a snapshot of what a violent teen dating relationship looks like.
Teen dating violence and sexual assault is estimated to occur between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth at about the same rate as in straight teen relationships.
(NCAVP, 2001; Dahir, 1999) However, LGBTQ youth are even less likely than heterosexual youth to tell anyone or seek help, and there are fewer resources for these teens.
Physical abuse is often the most easily recognized form of abuse.
Physical abuse can be any kind of hitting, shaking, burning, pinching, biting, choking, throwing, beating, and other actions that cause physical injury, leave marks, or cause pain.
Teens experiencing dating violence usually tell no one. One study found that only 6% of girls and 11% of boys told anyone about the abuse that they experienced (O'Keefe and Treister, 1998).