Occasionally there was also physical abuse, she says. But she hadn't told her parents anything, and she lived in fear for the next month or two, until she heard he had been arrested.She never learned what the charges were, but she was relieved to learn he was being sent to reform school.Her boyfriend was a senior at a different high school, but she had met him at summer camp and was new to the area, so her world revolved around him.Her parents objected and tried to cut off their communication.According to the study, 26 percent of teens in a romantic relationship said their partners had digitally abused them during the previous year using social media, email, and text messages.
It's a side of kids' social lives that many parents aren't aware of, according to a study released last week by Liz Claiborne Inc.
Luckily I never took him up on that."Only in hindsight could Ms.
Sledge see how manipulative he was – telling her no one would love her the way he did, threatening to kill himself if she left him.
After the breakup, Sledge typed the words "controlling boyfriend" into an Internet search engine. I had no clue teen dating violence even existed," she says.
By her senior year she was ready to write a thesis about it and start educating her high school peers. Now Sledge is sharing her story through the Liz Claiborne task force.