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Respondents most commonly touched on “problematic home environments, inadequate support at school, community contexts characterized by violence and peer interactions that encourage the sexual maltreatment of girls.” According to Miller, intervention needs to be tailored to the problem on a broader scale.
We must make communication about this issue accessible to teens and introduce intervention before patterns of abuse are cemented.
Studies demonstrate that parents and peers are the most effective avenues to reach adolescents and because parents, unfortunately, continuously prove too squeamish, too detached, or too ignorant, the greatest prospect of social change will be through popular opinion leaders and peers. Dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a partner.
Classroom discussions aren’t enough, especially since many abusers and victims drop out of school.
Real progress, Miller says, could be made by strengthening family and community support structures.