Teen dating violence and personal stories

11-Nov-2015 12:26 by 4 Comments

Teen dating violence and personal stories

The boy also slashed her thighs with a razor, leaving scars that are still visible six years later, she says. Her mother was working two jobs to support the girl and a 2-year-old brother. When the young teenager tried to break up with her violent boyfriend, he said he’d kill her mother and little brother.“I knew he was in a position to do it because he was a gang member and sold drugs,” she says.

Laura Hampikian was thrilled when a boy she met on My Space wanted an exclusive relationship after they’d known each other for only a month.“My parents were going through a divorce, and I wanted to prove I could stick with someone,” she recalls.Her emotionally volatile boyfriend felt unloved at home and soon was texting or phoning 14-year-old Laura all day and into the night. so my parents wouldn’t see.” Laura’s boyfriend pressured her to stop hanging out with friends, so she soon had none, and to go much further sexually than she wanted.The Boise, Idaho, teen, feeling stifled and isolated, tried several times to break up with the boy but always relented when he threatened to commit suicide. I didn’t recognize it as abuse,” she says now, at age 19.Anna Sanchez (not her real name), 19, wishes her school had taught that control can signal abuse rather than love.At age 13, she thought she’d fallen in love with a spirited, wonderful 16-year-old boy.

But soon after they started dating, he lost his temper when he saw her at school in a low-cut blouse.He said she looked like a whore and ripped the blouse right down the middle.He insisted on driving her home from school, and that she stop spending time with friends.Then the boy began to hit her, leaving ugly bruise marks, if he saw her conversing with boys.“He was always very remorseful afterward and begged me to forgive him.” She decided to break up with her boyfriend after a violent encounter at his apartment.He was pushing her to have sex; she wanted to remain a virgin. He dragged me into the shower by my hair, turned on the hot water, threw me into the tub and raped me,” says Sanchez.