Stories of dating abuse

For many years she was too ashamed to talk about her experiences, but, with the help of Break the Silence against Domestic Violence, she is now eager to educate others about teen dating violence, and how to prevent it.

A common misconception about teen dating violence is that survivors don’t experience the same level of abuse as adult women.

Tell your teenager that domestic violence is never acceptable and that they must always report it.

RESOURCES FOR SURVIVORS OF TEEN DATING VIOLENCE If you are a teen who is currently experiencing abuse, know that you are not alone.

“A lot of the time people think that we’re young, and so it [the domestic violence] can’t be that bad,” she said.

When the violence was at its worst, she remembers waking up one night with a gun at her head.

But 32-year-old Segovia hasn’t always been in such a loving relationship.

She was only 13 when she met the man who would terrorize her for the next four years, and become the father of her first child.

Give young males a healthy outlet for their anger Most boys are used to hearing that it’s wrong to hit a female or to act out in anger, but they don’t learn how to express their anger appropriately.

Segovia teaches her two boys that it’s OK to be angry if they find a healthy outlet – running around the block, working out in the gym, playing football, etc.

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