Look at the person sitting on your right and now your left, if it’s not you its one of them.
A website that is dedicated to change in society called DoSomething.org, reported in 2014 that “33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse.”
That is about 651 Fremont students out of the 1,954 enrolled. The harsh reality is that abuse happens far too often.
Domestic abuse cases are running rampant in the news today causing many to wonder why. After all Daddy always said “hitting isn’t nice.” Even Thumper knows, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Mom said, “if your bathing suit covers it nobody can touch it.”
Brooke Bosgieter, a school counselor simply defined abuse as, “Anything that makes you feel bad.”
Prevent Child Abuse Utah said in one of their brochures, “it is a pattern of controlling behaviors by one teen to another.”
“It might seem like they are just messing around but it is very serious” said Enrique Medina, a senior. “The relationship should be terminated the moment abuse shows up.”
One student who was in an abusive relationship said, “Someone who really loves you would never hurt you and it is okay to leave the relationship.” Explaining the process of leaving a year-long abusive relationship she said,“It was scary and I was afraid he would hurt me even more but when I finally left him it felt great.”
DoSomething.org also reported in 2014, “A mere 1/3 of the teens who were involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence.”
Bosgieter listed many Support centers that “offer classes not only for you but your partner as well.” She also mentioned many hotlines that are available 24/7 designed to help in abusive situations.
Bosgieter also said “Talk to someone you trust, a close friend, a family member or even a school counselor. If you think its happening to you, it probably is. There is help out there and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.”
*Photo illustration of two students holding hands.
Photo Credit: Brianna Christensen