The rise of dating violence
Sometimes, he posts snide comments about her on Facebook.Last week, Maria sent her friend Joan a text: "I can't go with you to the mall.
"Families in economic distress are themselves experiencing higher rates of violence," said Kiersten Stewart, of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, "and teens in those same households are also experiencing much higher rates of dating violence in their own relationships."And that's the case for 18-year-old Whitley-Ann, whose last name CBS News is not disclosing. "I didn't want people to not like him, because I knew I was going back to him."And like many victims in the study, Whitley-Ann was too scared to tell anyone close to her.In this 2010 photo North Plainfield High School drama students Luis Salazar, right, as "C.J.," and Melissa Torres, as "Angela," are shown during a rehearsal of "Don't U Luv Me," a play that explores the concept of violence in teen dating at North Plainfield High School in North Plainfield, N. More than a third of teen guys and girls say they've been physically, emotionally or sexually abused in their dating relationships, according to new, unpublished data from a nationwide survey.She told Miller she was abused by her former boyfriend. "A lot of people don't know when they're in an abusive relationship," Whitley-Ann says."They're in denial, like I was."Whitley-Ann has been free of her abuser for six months, and plans to attend college this fall.
And new research suggests that their numbers have sharply increased recently.