Have you ever experienced dating violence in your own relationships? Do you know a friend who is in an abusive relationship?
If so, follow this link to find out more information about Teen Dating Violence.
I said no. Why didn't he listen to me? I wanted him to kiss me, but I didn't want to have sex with him. It can't be called rape if I went willingly out to supper with him. My friend said that it's my own fault for going out with him, that's what kind of guy he is. He said I owed him because he had paid for dinner.
If any of these statements sound familiar, and if you've said these things to yourself, click on our Date/Acquaintance Rape link to find information about support and what rights you have as a victim of date rape.
How many times have you had to turn up your ipod so you don't hear your parents argue? How often have you been told that violence doesn't solve problems, yet see your dad shove or hit your mom? How many times have you told yourself, at least he's not you he's hitting?
What you have had to live with is called domestic violence or domestic abuse. Click on the following link to find out what you can do for yourself and your family. Teens Witnessing Domestic Violence.
If you are in an abusive relationship, and you have decided that it is the right time to get out, look at the safety plan to
help you get out safely. Remember, you are the one who knows when it is safe to leave. Click on the following link to learn
more about safety plans for teens.
(Even though this interactive courtroom is an example from Canada, we believe it's a good tool and can answer questions. Please let us know if you need further information about our US courtrooms, and what to expect if you are called as a witness to testify. We are here to help! )
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Hands of Hope Resource Center: 1-800-296-1657 or 1-888-732-2319
Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-866-223-1111
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
RAINN (National Sexual Assault Hotline): 1-800-656-HOPE