The paper also addresses the unique obstacles teens face when seeking help and/or deciding to end an abusive relationship.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in four adolescents experiences some type of abuse from a partner each year.
Whether it's physical, emotional or sexual, the cycle of abuse stems from immaturity and a desire to control another human being.
When we talk about major concerns facing LGBTQ youth, we typically discuss topics like bias-based bullying and harassment or familial rejection and homelessness; and when we talk about violence facing the larger LGBTQ community, we typically discuss hate crimes.
In other words, we talk about the violence facing our community from those outside it, from those who are openly homophobic and transphobic, but what about the violence happening within our community?
As difficult as it may be to admit, LGBTQ people – including LGBTQ youth – can be and are perpetrators of violence as well as its victims, and too often, that violence occurs in the context of romantic and/or sexual relationships.
showed significantly higher rates of dating violence among LGB youth than among non-LGB youth.
While 29 percent of heterosexual youth surveyed reported being physically abused by dating partners, for example, 42.8 percent of LGB youth reported the same.