Can This Program Really Stop Abusive Teen Relationships? Um, Maybe?

Maybe addressing things like self-esteem, image issues, and problems within kids’ households (For example: abusive or neglectful parents) would stop teens from becoming abusers or allowing themselves to be abused. Instead of training teens to notice things they can already identify like jealousy and name-calling, maybe if we taught teenagers to value themselves, to feel like they deserve the absolute best treatment, they wouldn’t be inclined to hit others or seek out partners who hit them?

It isn’t rocket science or even an educated guess, when we say, people who are possessive and want to harm others probably have some issues with self worth. If we spent more time helping those who might be the aggressors we might have more success.

We’re not saying Start Strong isn’t a good start, but it doesn’t seem to identify the root of the issue. Being able to see negative characteristics and behaviors isn’t the same as being able to stop them or get yourself out of a bad situation. Preventing teens from becoming abusers and victims in the first place by addressing low self-esteem and external circumstances that cause harm/self-harm might be a better solution.

Do you think programs like Sex Ed, Start Strong, and D.A.R.E. actually work? Let us know in the comments!

Next check out Everything You Need To Know About Self Harm.


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  • Goldie

    I loved the class days when we learn about D.A.R.E! But honestly, seventh grade couples in abusive relationships? They are barely teens. They don’t know anything about life yet, and they are too young to throw it away on bad BFs.

  • MissGorey

    My very first relationship, ever, when I was 14 years old lasted 4.5 years. He was physically and mentally abusive to me, called me names, yelled at me, constantly guilt tripped me, and hit me a few times. I had to have sex even when I didn’t want to, and it almost lead to me taking my own life when I was 16. It’s partly the reason I have such low self esteem now, as he always made it a point to tell me that I needed to lose weight because I was getting chubby, and that my arms were too hairy (I’ve shaved them ever since). He was good at crying those crocodile tears, lying to me and drawing me back in with sick sweet words that weren’t true. It always worked on me because I didn’t know any better, I was still practically a kid. He cheated on me about three times, two of the times I didn’t find out until right before I finally got the courage to leave him when I was 17. It’s disgusting to think that he was my first everything, and that in itself has ruined what I feel about myself. It’s sad that even though we were so young, this still happened. But the one thing about this article that isn’t true: I was too young to really even realize what self-worth really was, and I’d like to believe I was alright before I met him (personal and family life was very loving). He was a sweetheart at first, but they always show their true colors after the first few months/ first year.