In one out of eight teenage relationships, dating becomes a complicated pattern of physical and/or emotional abuse inflicted on one partner — most often the girl — and a pursuit of power and control by the other. In a series of dramatic vignettes, this workshop addresses myths about the nature of love and gender-related behavior that allow dating violence to flourish. On-screen discussion questions and handouts help students begin to understand the insidious nature of the problem and how it can be prevented. Vignettes elaborate the various facets of dating violence: an abuser’s jealousy and need to control his victim; another abuser’s use of manipulation and verbal abuse to undermine his girlfriend’s self-confidence; the manipulation of a male partner by a girl using suicide threats; the victim’s inability to change the abuser; how attitudes and expectations about sex contribute to date rape. Includes 20 reproducible student worksheets on CD.
Media Type: DVD + CD Guide Run Time: 30 minutes Grade Level: 7-12