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is the repeated following, harassment, or threatening of an individual to frighten or cause him or her harm. Following a person, standing outside his or her home, making repeated phone calls, and destroying property are common stalking behaviors. Stalking is a form of emotional abuse. Victims are often made to feel anxious, ner- vous, and unsafe. Stalking is a growing problem. In fact, each year in the United States, as many as 200,000 people are victims of stalking. Stalking verbal abuse Physical abuse 349 Lesson 4 Preventing and Overcoming Abuse Is neglect a form of abuse? How is it related to violence? Neglect is a form of abuse that involves the failure to meet a person’s basic needs, such as adequate food, clothing, shelter, love, and support. Although neglect is not violent in nature, it can result in future violence. Children who are victims of neglect may be at an increased risk of violent behavior, gang membership, and criminal activities. Teen victims of abuse should seek help immediately from a trusted adult. What other steps might help someone put a stop to abuse?
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Dating Violence buse in dating relationships, or dating violence, is on the rise. A Dating violence includes all forms of abuse—physical, emo- tional, and sexual. Sometimes, teen victims may accept abuse as part of a relationship. Some teens, for example, mistake dominant treat- ment by a girlfriend or boyfriend as an expression of caring. These teens may see jealousy as an expression of love. However, true caring involves kindness, gentleness, and respect, not control and abuse. Signs indicating that an unhealthy dating relationship may be headed toward abusive behavior include expressions of jealousy. attempts to control a partner’s behavior. use of insults or put-downs to manipulate a partner. use of guilt to manipulate a partner. Anyone in such a relationship should seek advice from parents or other trusted adults about ending the relationship. Remember that in healthy relationships, people respect and care about each other. They hold each other in high esteem, acting with consideration and kindness. Date and Acquaintance Rape Rape occurs whenever one person is forced into participating in any form of sexual intercourse. Often, a victim of rape knows the attacker. For example, occurs when one person in a dating relationship forces the other person to participate in sexual intercourse. Although most reported cases of date rape are committed against young women, both males and females may be victims. Another form of rape, called acquaintance rape, occurs when someone known casually or considered a friend forces a person to have sexual inter- course. All forms of rape may traumatize victims and leave lasting emotional scars. It is important to apply healthy strategies that pre- vent physical, sexual, and emotional abuse such as date rape.
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