Most people are surprised by these statistics, says Maritza Rivera, president of Aneesa Michelle’s Group, a nonprofit organization that raises the public’s awareness of teen dating violence.“It’s an unspoken epidemic, and it’s going on right in front of our faces,” she says.
So far, I’ve just been ranting, and that’s because I honestly don’t understand any kind of reasonable argument as to why this bill shouldn’t clear any competent legislative body. According to The National Conference of State Legislatures, “one in 10 adolescents reports being a victim of physical dating violence.” About a quarter of adolescents report any form of abuse – verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual – each year.
Few things thrill a 16-year-old more than being mistaken for a college student, and that was no exception for Jennifer Ann Crecente.
Tagging along with her grandmother, Elizabeth Richeson, Ph D, at APA’s 2004 Annual Convention in Honolulu, Crecente glowed when famous psychologists asked her what university she attended and what her major was.
When Justin dropped out of school and was sent to a camp for young offenders, Jennifer told him that she didn’t want to be his girlfriend anymore.
A few months later, Justin shot and killed her in a field near her home. According to The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 21 per cent of high school-aged girls and 10 per cent of boys who date have experienced physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of their partner.
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