Teen Dating Violence

Myth Versus Fact


Myth: It can’t happen to me.

Fact: More than 1 in 10 young adults experience physical violence in their dating relationships.


Myth: Jealousy and possessiveness are a sign of true love.

Fact: Jealousy and possessiveness are a sign that the person sees you as a possession. It is the most common early warning sign of abuse.


Myth: Teen dating violence isn’t really that serious.

Fact: Thirty percent of all women who are murdered in this country are killed by their husband or boyfriend. According to a recent study conducted in Massachusetts, one in five teen girls are abused by their boyfriends. Also, 60% of all rapes reported to rape crisis centers are committed by acquaintances, and the majority of victims are aged 16-24.


Myth: Men cannot be a victim of dating violence.

Fact: While 95% of victims of abuse are females, men can be victims as well.


Myth: Victims bring on the abuse themselves. They ask for it.

Fact: Perpetrators believe they have the right to use abuse to control their partner and they see the victim as less than equal to themselves. The victim has no control over the abuser.


Myth: If a person stays in an abusive relationship, it must not really be that bad.

Fact: People stay in abusive relationships for a number of reasons: fear, confusion, loss of self-confidence, not recognizing that what’s happening is abusive, belief that the abuser needs their help or will change.


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