Dating and relationship violence

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No matter what kind of relationship you have, if you are forced to have sex, it is rape.If you are humiliated or forced to be sexual in any way, that is sexual abuse.Abusive relationships may include sexual violence, which is a form of physical violence.Loving someone does not mean that you can never say “no” to sex.

43% of college women report experiencing abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, tech, verbal or controlling abuse; the most common abusive behavior experience is controlling behavior (32%), physical (22%) and sexual (22%). Conducted by Knowledge Networks, (December 2010), “College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll”. Conducted by Tru Insight, (June 2009), “Teen Dating Abuse Report”.The patterns of behavior are in the form of repeated use of words or actions that are designed to demean, intimidate, threaten and instill fear.These behaviors can be VERBAL, EMOTIONAL, SEXUAL and/or PHYSICAL. LGBTQ Power and Control Wheel *Fear-danger to self & others, retaliation*Lack of alternative housing*Social isolation – family, friends, community*Lack of understanding – family, friends, community*Fear of unknown; fear of police/court involvement*"Acceptable violence"- acclimated over time*No knowledge of resources*Time – needed to plan & prepare to leave*Religious Beliefs*Cultural Beliefs*Duty to make relationship work for image, children, etc*Responsibility (gender roles – up to her to make it work)*Belief in the "American dream" or happily ever after story*Belief that family-of-origin violence is standard and normal*Family & Friends pressure to work on relationship issues Relationship violence does not discriminate.Teens that have witnessed violence within their own family are 50% more likely to be involved in an abusive relationship themselves. Violent relationships in formative years can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and further domestic violence. Dating Violence and Sexually Transmitted Disease/HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adolescent Females. OASIS information is meant to be educational in nature and to help increase dialogue and discussion about this important topic.

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