"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.
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).
And to make matters worse, Futures Without Violence's numbers show that only 32 percent of teens in abusive dating relationships confide in a parent about what they're going through, and 63 percent of those whose parents encourage them to break up actually decide to give their partners another chance.
You might make excuses or blame yourself—he didn't mean it, I don't want him to get into trouble, I provoked him.
Maybe you're worried your friends will take his side.
He was two years older, good-looking, and very intense.