February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Author: Ashley Benedict


Along with Black History Month, February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. Approximately 1.5 million high school students in the U.S. experience physical abuse from their partner. 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. It is due to these numbers that abuse in teen relationships is such an important conversation.

What is teen dating violence?

Teen dating violence is “defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners, occurring in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and digital. TDV occurs across diverse groups and cultures.” Though this definition is essentially the same as domestic violence in adult relationships, teen dating violence is different in the forms it can take as well as the experiences of the victims. It’s also far more challenging to seek resources as well as provide them in situations such as this.

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Author: Johvan Calvo

Wouldn’t it surprise you if I said that something is missing? Through tight lips and hand prints. I love you. Sometimes said but most often not, sometimes meant but not a lot. It could last a month or a day whether I want the pleasure or the pain.

Wouldn’t it surprise you if I said that was my intention? I span the breadth of a non existent line. The pride of the man lost in the position of a woman. Shadows of filthy hands rob my value but I sit here and wonder why it is my hands they sever.

Wouldn’t it surprise you if I said you were one of the robbers? Your words tattooing the hand prints, your judgments penetrating my value. Dozens have come and gone but clearly none have taken anything, because if they saw I had some value then they would have stayed. No, I was wholly complete until another decided that somehow the number diminished each digit. Scumbags and liars, but none to blame, for it is I who judged their claim.

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Forcing Kids To Stick To Gender Roles Can Actually Be Harmful To Their Health

Author: Sabrina Leverett

Image source: theorizingmasculinity.blogspot.com


In this article, Tara Culp-Ressler discusses gender roles and the impact they have on children. I think this article is particularly interesting because it brings up a study recently done on children by Dr. Maria do Mar Pereira, who did a study on teenagers by acting as a student for a few months in an eighth grade class.

In this study, Pereira found that girls would avoid sports and put themselves on diets because they thought they were “feminine.” She also found that boys would face extreme pressure to show off their “manliness” by being violent towards each other.

The author, Culp-Ressler, goes on to discuss how we can help change what the results of the study told us. At the end of the study, Pereira held single and group interviews, and ended up telling the teenagers that nobody liked conforming to those gender roles. Afterwards, Pereira found that there was less mocking and teasing, and the teenagers weren’t so adamant about sticking to their specific gender roles.

Culp-Ressler proceeds to examine how “pressuring kids to conform to those rigid roles can end up having serious mental health consequences for the children whose parents try to over-correct their behavior.” Essentially, she says that while gender roles are harmful to children and their health as found in Pereira’s study and through the findings of other various studies, we can still impact and change this by not teaching our children such a rigid definition of gender.


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