Young women need a dating safety plan, even lesbians.. Teen dating violence often is hidden because teenagers typically:
–Are inexperienced with dating relationships.
–Want independence from parents.
–Have romanticized views of love.
–Are pressured by peers to have dating relationships.
Teen dating violence is influenced by how teenagers look at themselves and others. Young men may believe:
–They have the right to “control” their female partners in any way necessary.
–“Masculinity” is physical aggressiveness.
–They “possess” their partner.
–They should and can demand intimacy.
–They may lose respect in their male peer groups if they are attentive and supportive toward their girlfriends.
Young women may believe:
–They are responsible for solving problems in their relationships.
–Their boyfriend’s jealousy, possessiveness and even physical abuse, is “romantic.”
–Abuse is “normal” because their friends are also being abused.
–They think they can “cure” the abusive boyfriend.
–There is no one to ask for help.