Persuasive Speech On Dating Abuse

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Talking to Your Grandchild about Dating Abuse Your teenage grandchild has become explosive over trivial issues or the once social butterfly has fewer friends around. Many grandparents today find themselves in dual roles. Single parents move back home, placing the burden of being both parent and grandparent on the baby-boomer generation. Many times it is the grandparent who notices subtle changes in the teen due to more contact on a daily basis. These changes should never be dismissed or ignored. Teens undergoing dating abuse tend to feel at fault. If communication appears difficult between parent and child, the grandparent may provide the comfort zone which the teen needs. Being neutral/non-judgmental, allowing for open conversation…show more content…
Many teens do not report it because they are afraid. The statistics on dating violence are staggering: • Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with. • Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior. • 33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse. • In the U.S., 25% of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually. Teen girls who are abused this way are 6 times more likely to become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI). • Violent behavior often begins between 6th and 12th grade. 72% of 13 and 14-year-olds are “dating. • ”50% of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide. . • Teens who have been abused hesitate to seek help because they do not want to expose themselves or are unaware of the laws surrounding domestic…show more content…
Recognizing changes such as isolation from friends and family, emotional changes spiral from upbeat to sadness, constant communication by phone or text from the boy/girlfriend keeping check on activities or whereabouts, sudden changes in appearance, hairstyle, clothes or quickly becoming defensive over something the boy/girlfriend said or did can be warning signs. Symptoms of depression and anxiety may occur. The teen may suddenly start smoking, drinking, experimenting with drugs, exhibiting antisocial behavior. Thoughts of suicide can manifest through art, selective music playlist or in journaling. Not confiding in the parent may be due to shame, embarrassment, fear of having to break up or fear of retaliation from their boy/girlfriend for telling someone. Teens experiencing infatuation find it hard to know whether it is jealousy or love that drives the other person. Sadly, many do not recognize they are being abused, as they are trying so desperately to please they feel like they will be blamed for it
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