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!