RadioMD: Healthy Children

Dating Violence: Recognition and Prevention

March 25, 20159 min
Your child is starting to have romantic feelings and as a parent you have to keep your child safe while they explore the dating world.Romantic and sexual feelings develop during the teen years. Teenagers are starting to date and experiment with different types of relationships.As a parent, you can help your teenager make good decisions about dating. One in seven girls aged fourteen to seventeen said that a date had tried to force them to have sex. Two in five reported knowing at least one girl who’d been hit or beaten by her boyfriend. Rape is an act of violence, not sexual desire.With guidance and support, teens can learn about healthy relationships and get the strength and courage needed to leave those that are not.Dr. Corinn Cross is here to help parents recognize dating problems, how to identify warning signs and knowing where to turn for help.

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