According to the best prevention organization I know of, The Mama Bear Effect: One in three or four females has experienced childhood sexual abuse.
One in six or seven males has experienced childhood sexual abuse.
She grabbed a curling iron off her dresser — the nearest blunt object she could find — and prepared to defend herself, when she had a sudden realization: She had vague recollections of this happening before.
Dating abuse or dating violence is defined as the perpetration or threat of an act of violence by at least one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within the context of dating or courtship.
It is also when one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through abuse/violence.
This abuse/violence can take a number of forms: sexual assault, sexual harassment, threats, physical violence, verbal, mental, or emotional abuse, social sabotage, and stalking.
It can include psychological abuse, emotional blackmail, sexual abuse, physical abuse and psychological manipulation.
It is never easy to say—even with someone who also has a complicated family history.
For example, the blue-eyed man had his own family complexity.
However, young women can be violent, and young men can also be victims.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered teens are also equally at risk.
Teen dating violence, or dating abuse, is a pattern of destructive behavior used to exert power or control over a dating partner.
It may include physical violence, emotional or verbal abuse, sexual abuse (including being pressured or forced to have sex), or stalking.
I mean they might not love me less after I disclose is a thing to work with, around, tolerate or accept, to deal with, recover from or not let intrude too much or totally. And it still shocks me that this isn’t more common conversation.