Too often, however, people become entangled in abusive relationships they mistake for love.Having seen high school from two sides now (as a student and then as a teacher), I know that this cycle of violence begins early for many of our teens.Recognizing this critical need for education, Liz Claiborne Inc.
For the first time, data also shows that despite the fact that the majority of parents say they are comfortable talking about these issues, parents are not effective in educating their children about the dangers of dating abuse.
74% of sons and 66% of daughters say they have not had a conversation about dating abuse this past year.
We need to not only model good, healthy relationships for teens, we need to take the opportunity to explicitly discuss with them what that means.
Teens are new at romantic love and they need to hear, early and often, that someone who loves you does not belittle you, scream at you, or hit you.
Talk about and model healthy relationships Everyone I spoke to highlighted the importance of this, no one more persuasively than Ann Burke, whose 23 year-old daughter Lindsay Burke was murdered in 2005 by her jealous ex-boyfriend.
Burke is an educator and a founding member of MADE, (Moms and Dads for Education) to Stop Teen Dating Abuse, and she says that you shouldn’t assume your kids know what a healthy relationship is, just because you have a happy family.
This survey was released June 10 by CAEPV Members Liz Claiborne Inc. Full topline results can be downloaded from the CAEPV website at
doc ID=729&cat ID=8A new survey reports that teens nationwide are experiencing significant levels of dating abuse, and the economy appears to be making it worse.
Our kids get so many negative, confusing, misleading messages about what love is from the media that it’s crucial for you to talk to them about what behavior is acceptable between two people that care about each other. Teens can get caught up in what they see as the romance of a dangerous situation.