When we look at typical bullying behavior we often see a pattern begin to emerge between bullying and abuse. Teens with low self-esteem often resort to bullying and it's unfortunate this behavior can on occasion persist through the length of a person's entire life. The violence used to get what they want could be a precursor to future abuse unless a dramatic intervention takes place.
Stats on abuse and physical Violence:
When there are no interventions made and children who have utilized violence make it to adulthood without a change they can often cause harm to others as they did even at a younger age. 22% of women and 15% of men have experienced some form of partner violence even in early-stage relationships between 11-17 years of age. (Atlanta Georgia National Center for Injury Prevention, 2011)
Teen dating violence affects more people than you may think with one in five high school students reporting being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. Part of the explanation for this large percentage of female students experiencing abuse could be linked to bullying at an early stage.
How does abuse and bullying link?
Abuse and bullying are linked in teens in a very precise way. We can see similarities all the way down the line from the main aspects of bullying to the symptoms experienced by the victims of abuse.
Bullying can lead to a stronger prevalence of verbal abuse,
taunting and threatening to cause harm can help them to achieve various objectives.
This type of behaviour will only persist through
relationships. Verbal abuse trends can continue when
abuse sufferers often receive humiliation and belittling
from their partner spreading rumors or embarrassing
them in public. This is the same type of activity that
happens with childhood bullying.
Kimesha Coleman is the author of He Loves Me Not: Buried Tears of Betrayed Love that tells about her own compelling experience with teen dating violence and domestic violence.
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