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September 9, 2014 / Randall

The Staying Power of Emotional Abuse

When teenagers’ first dating relationship—and sometimes in their eyes, first love—gets tainted with manipulation, control, and other forms of abuse, it goes on to affect their identity in the long-term and their future relationships, just as we see sexual abuse and physical abuse having lasting influence. A “sticks and stones” mentality to abuse doesn’t hold up: Words can hurt, especially because the damage isn’t visible.


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