The definition of abuse shines over many, many situations. Ranging from, "To use wrongly or improperly," to, "to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way." Abuse is given, and taken by many people, every single day. A lot of these abuses happen when people are dating someone that they love, and it doesn't just happen in straight couples, but in gay and lesbian couples as well. It doesn't matter who you are, how rich or poor you are, or how long you've know the person. It's a real problem.
- About one in 11 teens reports being a victim of physical dating abuse each year.
- About one in four teens reports verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
- About one in five teens reports being a victim of emotional abuse.
- About one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner
These are just a few of the statistics that plague our lives, if you're interested in reading more, go to the address above.
As we all know, there are circumstances of abuse all over our world. They happen each and every single day, and when it happens, it will ruin someone's view of themselves, other people, or even their life as a whole. Abusers need to think before they act, and victims need to realize the signs when enough is enough, and get help, which you so justly deserve.
If you feel you're being abused, tell a trusted adult, or tell a friend you trust, parents, or whomever. Don't let it keep going because the longer it goes, the more and more you lose yourself. They can help you.
If you don't think you can talk to a person face to face, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline. 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), website: http://www.ndvh.org/
Save yourself before you lose yourself. Get help.