Unfair Statutory Rape Laws For Teenagers Common sense seems to dictate that statutory rape laws are too tough on teenagers. Most people in our society do not realize that they break the law everyday. It is often said that statutory rape is committed a lot more than the people hear about. Teens that go to the same school as their younger mate, are getting arresting for the consensual interactions that they are doing. Statutory rape is when someone underage is sexually active with an “adult” meaning 17 or older.
It is clearly an entirely new concept. A couple of the ideas that factor into this are the influence of peers on their friends, the strength of these friendships, and the lack of relationship experience. At least one in three high school students have/will be involved in an abusive relationship (Maas, et al, 2012). It is no longer just males being the perpetrator, females also engage in the violence. My research study aims to find a correlation between bullying and teen dating violence.
Psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse all fall under the spectrum of dating violence (CDC). Dating violence among teens is on the rise and is even prevalent in middle school. Teen dating violence often goes unrecognized since many are unaware it starts so young. The physical, emotional, sexual, psychological abuse and even stalking in a relationship is a problem and not something that happens to everyone. Surveys show that 9.4 percent of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt (CDC).
These acts of violence can even push their teen victims into developing eating disorders, anger issues and thoughts of suicide; but, with the help of parents and student bodies as a whole, we can form awareness and support groups to discourage teen violence and inform the victims of how to cope with it before these things take over their young lives. Being a teenager is difficult in it of itself. Some teens find it easy to take their frustrations out on other people. This is when teen violence arises. Bullying is one of the most popular forms of teen violence in today’s schools and can affect the victim emotionally, physically and mentally.
Therefore, sexting has many lasting effects that can lead into their adult lives or sometimes result in death by suicide. Children have the state of mind that they are invincible and rules do not apply to them. The consequence of this type of action has lead children and teens to be labeled as sex offenders, charged with child pornography, and charged with the intent to make child pornography; however, these types of punishments are too harsh for this type of behavior. First, we cannot deny that sexting is a problem with our youth. “The statics show that 71 percent of girls and 67 percent of boys said that they sent posted content to a boyfriend or girlfriend, while the other 21 percent of the girls and 39 percent of the boys say they sent it to someone they wanted to date” (Magid).
Incidents of teen dating violence continue to increase at alarming speeds. The abuse is beginning at younger ages. In a majority of the cases, it is the teen boy in the relationship that is verbally, physically, emotionally, and or sexually abusive to his girlfriend. According to Lowen, (2009) one in three teens report knowing a friend who has been physically hurt by his or her partner through violent actions such... ... middle of paper ... ...l dating violence perpetration in early adolescence: Test of moderation and gender differences. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 38(4), 539-550.
With technology bringing forth a new form of peer pressure and bullying, as well as how it is aiding the facilitation of direct and indirect bullying, teenage suicide is becoming more prevalent because of technology’s hand in bullying. Granted, bullying was once typically confined to the occasional war of words in locker rooms or at a park after school, but direct bullying as physical and verbal abuse are now occurring spontaneously in most schools and communities on a regular basis. Teenagers formerly had the luxury of time to cool off, to think of their options and consequences; they had time for their conscience to take over and rethink a rash decision. Unfortunately, with the ease of instant gratification w... ... middle of paper ... .... Victims of direct, indirect, and cyber-bullying have an entirely new gamut of bullying to cope with, and are forced to manage their emotions in this same public arena as well. Teenagers are finding it difficult to escape or remove themselves from such public harassment, and in response, suicide is increasingly the outcome with many adolescents gravitating toward suicide pacts as well.
IntroductionIn recent history, dating violence has become a paramount issue in American society. With the rates of domestic violence on the rise, much research has been conducted that provides evidence that violence during dating relationships in the teen years is a strong contributing factor to later domestic violence. Current research is revealing that a far larger percentage of teens are suffering from some amount of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in their dating relationships. Studies have shown that both those who engage in the violent behaviors, as well as those who are the victims of these acts are more likely to be involved in violent relationships in the future. The significant number of individuals involved in these behaviors during these teen years makes a great deal of implications on the roles of counselors in multiple specialties.
Second, there is reason to believe that dating violence is often a precursor to spousal abuse. Many battered women report that they were first assaulted by their husbands during courtship (Simons 467). Women, more than men, appear to bear the brunt of courtship violence. Despite the fact that rates of partner abuse by males and females are similar, women report more injuries and a greater negative impact as a result of their male partners’ physical aggression (Ronfeldt 72). Studies consistently show that it is women who are disproportionately likely to sustain serious injury.
In many situations, personal conflict between different individuals may potentially result in violence and/or injury. Parents should help their teen learn to deal with their emotions without using violence; they should talk to their teen about ways to solve arguments and fights without weapons or violence. Preventative methods may include learning nonviolent methods to control their anger or developing more efficient problem solving skills. If there is violence in a family, it increases the risk of the teen becoming involved in future violence. Violent acts can include bu... ... middle of paper ... ...ort by the U.S. Secret Service, in the previous decade the odds of a high school student being killed at school were 1 in one million.