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Relationships are hard work.  Relationships can be particularly when expectations and feelings are unclear and you might be trying new things and exploring. Ask any adult, there is a certain amount of confusion that comes with relationships and figuring these things out can take some time and is not always simple. 

Feelings tend to change over time, and learning how to communicate this can be challenging.  Even with all the confusion, frustration and strange feelings relationships are apt to cause, ultimately they should make you feel good. 

It’s important to remind yourself that if someone you are involved with makes you feel bad about yourself or your relationship, something is wrong.  It can be hard to admit that there is a problem and wanting to fix it, hang on and hope things will get better is natural.  Unfortunately, abusive people hardly ever change. 

The most important thing is that you get help as soon as you think you might be in an abusive relationship.  Talking to an adult and/or using the resource here will give you options and support.

 It’s a Fact!  Statistics on Violence, Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • In half of the incidents of violence where women are victims, the abuser was using alcohol at the time.
  • A woman is at six times the risk of violence from a partner who consumes five or more drinks at one time compared to a partner who never drinks.
  • Child abuse is six times more frequent among men who drink to excess. Men who sexually exploit children will often use alcohol and other drugs as a way of luring and manipulating their victims.
  • A U.S. survey on date and acquaintance rape, conducted with 6100 girls, found that 75% of the young men and 55% of the young women involved in incidents of date rape had been drinking or taking drugs at the time.
  • There’s a strong correlation between violence and chemical dependency. This does not mean that alcohol and other drugs cause the violence. However, they are often used as excuses.
  • Girls who have been physically or sexually abused are more likely to use medications, use illegal drugs, or drink to excess as adults.
  • Young women who become victims of self-mutilating behaviour are likely to have experienced violence related to alcohol and other drugs.


Source: Addiction Research Foundation, Ontario

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