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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. The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.Dating violence is a serious and widespread problem facing today’s youth.He would threaten me, and tell me if I ever left him he would kill me. Plus, teens who are in abusive relationships in high school are at a greater risk of being in abusive relationships in college. Love yourself enough to get the help you need to get out of the abusive relationship. If you are the parent of a teen who is in an abusive relationship - be supportive. Abusive relationships are complicated and what your teen needs most is your unconditional love and support.”Vagi, K. I began to believe him and..the words became my reality. Does your partner force you to do things you don't want to do? But you recently hear a scary statistic about teen dating violence.Every one out of three youth in America is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner. It’s the emotional and verbal kind that are harder to spot.
Tanisha explained her fear of being in the abusive relationship, “He knew my every move, who I was with, where I was going, and who my friends were. According to the CDC, teens who are in abusive relationships are more susceptible to depression and anxiety, unhealthy risk-taking behaviors (e.g., drug and alcohol use), self-harm and suicidal ideation. You matter, your life matters, living a happy healthy life matters. We need to teach our children about abuse and abusive people early.According to a survey by the CDC, 23% of females and 14% of males who experienced abuse by an intimate partner, first experienced it between the ages of 11 and 17 years.Sadly, many of these youth fear reporting the abuse, so the number of abuse incidents is likely much higher than is documented.We know opinions are inaccurate and inconsistent with reality, causing distorted views of self and others, leading to harmful and destructive relationships.Asking someone to dress nicely to an event because it is socially expected is one thing, asking them to change their day to day appearance because their partner demands it, is disrespectful and harmful to self-esteem.
She questioned the messages she was sending her children and how it would affect them in the future. Today, fourteen years later, Tanisha carries her message to other abuse survivors by speaking out both locally and nationally on issues of abuse.