The abuse continued in her relationship until one day, she decided to break free.
She recalls disciplining her three-year-old son, and in her scolding he told her his ‘’ (pointing to the room in which she was frequently abused) and beat her when he got home. Tanisha knew at that moment if she didn’t leave her partner the abuse cycle would repeat.
He started forcing me to skip school lunch and have sex with him.
Further, teenage victims of dating violence are more likely than their non-abused peers to smoke, use drugs, engage in unhealthy dieting (e.g., taking diet pills or laxatives, vomiting to lose weight), engage in risky sexual behaviors, and attempt or consider suicide. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A 2009 study of sixth-grade students found that 25% thought it was acceptable for boys to hit their girlfriends.
More than one fourth of the boys with girlfriends said they had been physically aggressive (punching, slapping) with her.
Although all victims of gender-based violence are affected negatively, research reveals that female victims of dating violence often experience more severe and longer-lasting consequences than do male victims.
If I so much as spoke with another guy, he would hit me.