Activities to help with a discussion on teen dating
" Some answers may include: sadness, confusion, anger at the abuser, anger at the victim, helplessness. Ask the group to think back to the questions that were posed before watching the clip.
Ask these questions to the group again, giving time to discuss each answer.
Distribute the Video Viewing Guide and ask the students to think about the questions on the handout as they watch the video clip: If you can't show the clip from the Web, cue the video about eight minutes into the episode, to where a young man named Michael says "When I do hit her, it's with compassion.
It's not like a blow." Stop the tape when you see a group of young people in a classroom and one of them says, "If you gotta hit on your woman, I don't think you should be in that relationship.
To illustrate this, ask the group the following questions: Q: Why would a victim of abuse agree to remain in an abusive relationship and start the cycle over again?
This may help you explain the cycle for your students.)Discuss with the group the relevance of these words to violence and abuse, explaining that there is a similar pattern in most abusive relationships.
Confirm or suggest that it is difficult for many people to understand why the victim, in this case a woman, would stay in the violent relationship.
The Cycle of Violence can help them understand a bit more.
Grade Levels: 9-12 This activity would be most effective if delivered in one 60-minute session.
Prerequisites Before beginning this activity, watch the video listed below or preview the clips on the Web.
In facilitating this discussion, make sure the following points are made: Abusive and non-abusive relationships start the same, like a honeymoon: pleasant and fun.