This article is personal, but still based in fact. When one of the qnotes editorial team informed me that we’d missed Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February, I was ashamed. I, of all people, should have addressed this issue that affects so many young people, LGBTQ and otherwise. After all, it affected me not so long ago.
“Thirty-three percent of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse,” reads DoSomething.org, an activism organization for young people. “Only one-third of the teens who were involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence.”
These statistics gave me a visceral reaction. Instantly, the nauseous anxiety of my teens returned full-force.
I told no one about the abuse I suffered when a teenager in my first romantic relationship.
Now, I can’t be silent anymore.