"It was my first real relationship, and I felt important and special," Chloe says.
She couldn't deny that he had a temper, but honestly, his bad-boy persona was part of what she found so appealing in the first place. When rumors circulated that Josh had cheated on her and she tried to talk to him about it, he got angry.
"And I loved him."Chloe no longer recognized the girl she'd become.
Eventually she found the courage to break up with Josh, but agreed to stay friends.
Fact: Jealousy and possessiveness are a sign that the person sees you as a possession. Myth: Teen dating violence isn’t really that serious.
Fact: Thirty percent of all women who are murdered in this country are killed by their husband or boyfriend.
Chloe* was 15 and a sophomore in high school when she started going out with Josh*.
He was two years older, good-looking, and very intense.
Myth: Jealousy and possessiveness are a sign of true love.At a school dance, Chloe says, he refused to take pictures because he didn't like what she was wearing."It was embarrassing—my family and friends were there, and I didn't know what to say," she shares. " After that Chloe did "whatever he said" in order to avoid arguing."He told me he was going to kill me and what he was going to do with my body," she recalls grimly. He begged her not to tell anyone and promised he would never do it again. Dating violence is one of those things that happens to other people.Until, that is, it happens to you, or someone you know.In fact, a recent study from the Center for Innovative Public Health Research reveals that two in five girls between the ages of 14 and 20 have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence from someone they've dated.And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 10 high schoolers has been purposely hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or a girlfriend (because, yes, girls can be the abusers, too).One night not long after, when they were hanging out at his house, she found him looking through her phone, where he saw text messages from another guy."Just a friend," Chloe says, "but Josh didn't like it." He ran out of the house, and when she followed him, he grabbed her by the neck and began to choke her.Maybe you're worried your friends will take his side.Or maybe you're not certain if an incident is even reportable.