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Teen Group: The Teen Group is a group for teen girls, ages 13 – 17, that meets weekly in Cayce from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. This counseling group gives teens an opportunity to discuss dating violence and domestic violence in their home. Adolescent girls must have parental approval to attend.
Teen Outreach Program: We provide outreach and services to male teens and young men exposed to domestic violence. The goal is to help each person make nonviolent, positive life changes that enable them to maximize their potential and live violence free.
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline | 1-866-331-9474
What is Teen Abuse?
Teen dating violence includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
In today’s society, teen dating violence is a growing concern. In fact, surveys suggest that South Carolina teens are experiencing dating violence at a distressing rate. Sistercare encourages parents to talk to their children about the facts and signs of dating violence and to always be cognizant of their dating relationships.
A Growing Concern
- About 70% of girls and 52% of boys who are victims of dating violence report an injury from a violent relationship.
- Approximately 8% of boys and 9% of girls have been to an emergency room for an injury received from a dating partner.
- Adolescents who are victims of dating violence are more likely to report binge drinking, suicide attempts, physical fighting, and sexual activity.
Signs of Dating Violence
Dating violence is associated with unhealthy sexual behaviors that can lead to unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV infections. Signs that a teen is suffering from dating violence are:
- Worries all the time about making their romantic partner jealous.
- Apologizes for their dating partner’s behavior or makes excuses for them.
- Spends a lot of time with the person they are dating, but not with other friends.
- Casually mentions the dating partner’s violent behavior, but laughs it off as a joke.
- Has unexplained injuries or the explanations don’t make sense.
- Gets constant texts or calls from their romantic partner.
- Changes their behavior, clothing, academic goals, or friendships.
- Gives up hobbies or activities that were once enjoyed.