Friday, February 15, 2013

February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. It is so sad to think that we need to have a month highlighting awareness of this tragic cycle of behavior, but as a recent New York Times Motherlode:  Adventures in Parenting blog essay depicts, violence against young women while dating is a very real and escalating phenomenon. 

One of the great backlist books that we publish addresses this frightening issue:  But I Love Him:  Protecting Your Teen Daughter from Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships by noted psychotherapist Dr. Jill Murray.  Dr.  Murray is constantly approached by teenage girls in miserable relationships who refuse to break up with their boyfriends, exclaiming, "But I love him!" Many young womenand their parentsdon't know what a potentially abusive relationship looks like. The warning signs are some of the behaviors that girls find most flattering, but which often escalate into blame, isolation, threats, humiliation, and sexual and physical abuse. Dr. Murray describes what draws young women to an abusive relationship, why they have a hard time discussing it with their parents, and what's going on in the mind of a teen abuser. She illustrates what a respectful relationship looks likeand teaches teens the importance of the valuable lesson of respecting themselves.

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