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North Powder freshmen learn about teen dating violence
Members of the freshmen class at Powder Valley School recently received an interactive lesson on teen dating and violence.
Presenters were Katie DeClue of the Mt. Emily Safe Center and Dane Jensen, domestic violence investigator for the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
The presenters said that one out of three teens experience some kind of abuse in dating relationships, and that 25 percent of victims say that as a result they have been isolated from family and friends. Guilt is a favorite weapon of abusers.
The presentation included a discussion of abusive text-messaging. It was concluded that sexually suggestive texts can have serious consequences. One in three teens reported that the abuser will often text 10 to 30 times an hour, and that most parents are not aware the texts are occurring.
DeClue and Jensen related that it is not only girls who are abused in dating relationships. Teenagers, especially boys, frequently do not tell someone about dating violence when it happens to them. The team related that even though abusive photos, videos and text messages are deleted, they may still be accessible. Jensen said, “You can’t take the texts back once they are sent.”