Odessa Crisis Center Sees a Rise in Teen Relationship Violence 12/13/13
CBS 7 News
“My face was half asleep and I was thinking, do I run? I just had no idea what to do…it’s so hard to explain,” says 19 year old Ximena Cenicero. She had an abusive boyfriend who told her over the phone what to expect when she got home. “[He’d say] you’re gonna get it…and I was just thinking about the pain and that punch…or whatever it was going to be…was going to hurt.”
A conversation seven months ago was the breaking point.
“I was thinking about my sister and it’s not okay to be treated like that.”
Odessa Crisis Center Director of Programs, Tara Holt says in the last year, teens in abusive relationships coming into their office has gone up by fifty percent…and social media isn’t helping.
“It definitely plays a roll in teen dating violence because it’s not only physical but online,” says Holt.
She says abusers can be using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to hurt or bring down the victim’s confidence. And Ximena says postings to the world can make it tough for a victim.
“People are looking for someone to love them, but they have to love themselves, and are posting things to Facebook…” says Ximena.
Ximena says the Crisis Center was an important part of her recovery. Now, she’s all smiles. “I’ve grown so much and am so different than I was with him…I’m way stronger.”
To find help or to help the Crisis Center call: 432-333-2527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.