Because (1) In (3) Is One Too Many... Help Me Put Something On the "Endangered Experience List"

My name is EPJake.  Many of you know me.  Many of you do not.

I am sharing a story with a very specific purpose.  I have been doing some research around domestic violence and abusive relationships.  I found a very frightening and very real statistic.  1 in 3 teens say that they have been in an abusive relationship by age 18.  As if this number, in and of itself, wasn't scary enough... in digging through stories and the like, I found that what is most disturbing is how these abusive relationships that happen in the teen years are often with the first person that the abused person really feels that they loved... their first experience with romantic love is tied to this aspect of violence.... and it can become hard to see the too as separate.  It skews a persons perspective in ways I can only imagine.  I too have suffered emotional abuse although not in a romantic relationship.  I know it is something that I carry with me each day.

I have pulled together a petition / pledge with a "bill of rights" of sorts that I think we should all keep in mind.  I am posting this story as a call to action and I hope you will join me.  I hope you will take the time to sign the petition.  To pledge your support.  To stand up and say... not me.... not you... not anyone.  Because no matter what, I think that (1) in (3) is ONE too many.  Because this may be an experience we have in common... but one that I think we all wish we could put on the "Endangered Experiences List."

Please join me.  Please show your support.  Please share this with others.  Let's make a difference together.  I leave the rest up to you.  Thank you for reading.

EPjake EPjake
26-30, M
1 Response Mar 5, 2009

I like you enthusiasm. Sadly I dont think domestic violence will ever diminish. But raising awareness about it can definitly make it not happen to as many people. Personally, I was abused by my partner a few weeks ago. It was the first and last time he did that to me. Im glad to say that I was strong enough inside to get out of it. He was my first love, sadly. I am only 18. And those statistics scare me.