He started forcing me to skip school lunch and have sex with him. Once when I refused, he threw me down a flight of stairs. I remember, he use to cut me all over my body with a knife.
Tanisha explained her fear of being in the abusive relationship, “He knew my every move, who I was with, where I was going, and who my friends were. According to the CDC, teens who are in abusive relationships are more susceptible to depression and anxiety, unhealthy risk-taking behaviors (e.g., drug and alcohol use), self-harm and suicidal ideation. You matter, your life matters, living a happy healthy life matters. We need to teach our children about abuse and abusive people early.Share your thoughts and what you’ve learned about teen dating violence with everyone you know by posting on social media using the hashtags #teen DVmonth and #loveisrespect! We’ll be hosting the following Twitter chats during Teen DV Month. Help distribute the National Respect Announcement on Feb. Join our Thunderclap to spread the message to your social networks. Remember, love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them.If you or someone you know has a question about a relationship, healthy or unhealthy, visit or text “loveis” to 22522.In effort to help youth understand the importance of healthy relationships, I reached out to an abuse survivor to share her story of unhealthy relationships, abuse and the quest for self-respect. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey.Tanisha Bagley is no stranger to teen dating violence as she experienced it firsthand in her adolescent years. These questions are helpful for more than teenage relationships.