Dating abuse can happen via technology, including cell phones and social media like Facebook.Communication at all hours of the day and night is often used as a way to control a partner. According to recent statistics, it is extremely likely that you or someone you know has experienced violence in a dating relationship.Consent involves active communication, and knowing that one person always has to right to withdraw consent.

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It is common for someone who has been abused by their partner to also have been sexually assaulted by them.

While sexual assault can involve force and coercion, it also may involve being pressured into sexual activity that the person isn’t comfortable with.

Silence or lack of resistance does not count as consent.

Some people aren’t able to give consent, such as individuals who are drunk, sleeping or unconscious, and some people with intellectual disabilities.

The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA) can provide valuable information and assistance.

Their toll-free number is 1-800-838-8238; phone lines are open 24 hours and calls are free and confidential.

While both teenage boys and girls report acting violently because they were angry, teenage boys are much more likely to use force in order to control their girlfriends, while girls more often act violently in self-defense.

Sexual abuse refers to forced or unwanted sexual activity or rape.

Physical abuse includes such things as hitting, slapping, punching, shoving, kicking, biting, and hair-pulling.

It also includes the use of a weapon, such as a club, knife, or gun, against a partner.

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