The Westside Writing Project

Shenevin Barnett – Junior
Collins Academy High School
                                                                                 teen dating abuse
Teenagers go through a lot of stress! Puberty, acne, school and sometimes our parents. However, in my opinion, none of those compare to  the stress of teenage dating.
Thee are so many things that run through the minds of teens once we reach the dating age. Who do I like? Does that person like me? Is that person socially acceptable to date? Is that person right for me?  Unfortunately, another thing we have to think about is teen dating abuse.
According to beta.dosomething.org, girls between the age of 16-24 years old are 3 times more likely to be abused, and only 1\3 of those who are abused reported it. Most teenage girls don’t inform others because they are scared of the consequences. In some cases its too late.
According to the site, high school students (both male and female) in the United States, admitted to being in an abusive relationship with someone they “love”. 1.5 million high school students to be exact also. Afterwards they go through serious health\violent conditions. Like a drinking problem, an eating disorder and thoughts of suicide.
According to vpc.org Nevada ranked #1 with most homicides due to domestic violence then comes South Carolina (#2), Tennessee (#3), Louisiana (#4), Virginia (#5). Illinois’ rank is unidentified, but overall in the United States 1 in every 4 women will go through an abusive relationship, according tobeta.dosomething.org. Unfortunately the teens that are going through an abusive relationship feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to. If you or someone you know are being abused in their relationship a number you can call is 1(800)799-7233. This number is to a domestic violence hotline.Or you can tell your parent\guardian that your being harmed by your boyfriend\girlfriend.Yes the pain can go away and you don’t have no live in fear. If you need any help as a teen you can go to:thehotline.org.
I recently asked 5 people about how they feel about the Ray Rice incident. These were some of their responses :
1st: ” I think he’s wrong for knocking out his fiance like that!Getting permanently suspended from the NFL was what he deserve.
2nd : “If she’s not tripping about it why make a big thing about it. No, hitting a woman isn’t right but it’s not everybody business and he got his punishment.
3rd : “Oh well he got what he deserved”.
4th : “He shouldn’t have hit a female. Yeaah you might tackle other men for a living but she’s not one of them”.
 5th: “You live and you learn. Hitting a girl isn’t right and he should have made better choices”.
Considering the fact that many young males looks up to Ray Rice since he is a professional football player it might give a different image to some. Some might think its okay to hit girls because Ray did it. But if they are aware of the consequences many just might think twice. In comparison between the Ray Rice situation and teen dating abuse, they majority of the time have the male harming the female.Even though Ray is much older its still bad because even teens look up to him as well. So the cycle repeats.

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The Westside Writing Project (WWP) is a youth enrichment program that works to expand the realm of opportunities for area students by providing exposure, guidance and support in areas of digital media and journalism. At a time when texting is the most common form of writing for many young people, and the dominant image of urban youth in the city of Chicago is one of being “at risk” for violence, drugs and educational failure, the Westside Writing Project (WWP), stands out as a powerful model for reaching and teaching our next generation of thinkers and doers. WWP was launched in 2007 on Chicago’s West Side as an after-school program by founding Executive Director Frank Latin. The mission of this largely volunteer initiative is to provide positive youth development by using writing, digital media and journalism as tools for civic engagement, as well as individual and community transformation. Ultimately, our organization gives urban youth from underserved neighborhoods—neighborhoods often dismissed in mainstream media as rife with only drugs, crime, and violence—a distinct voice. We are subtly shifting the lens of media and the look of typical media reporters to demonstrate that youth from at-risk neighborhoods facing critical social and economic challenges have unique perspectives and can deliver those perspectives to broader audiences.

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