There was relatively little information on college crime until passage of the Clery Act of 1998, which required colleges to publish annual crime statistics for their campuses.
Olivia Ortiz met her first boyfriend when she was an 18-year-old sophomore at the University of Chicago.
Surviving intimate partner violence, or relationship abuse, is hard.
It’s especially difficult when you go to the same school as your abuser and have no choice but to eat in the same dining hall, study at the same library, attend the same classes, or participate in the same extracurricular activities.
Of course, this sort of black-and-white logic can be hard to apply to your own intimate relationships.
If you find yourself censoring your partner’s behavior when recounting it for friends or family, this might be a sign that some part of you realizes your partner’s behavior is “wrong.” If you find yourself policing your own behavior when with your partner out of fear that they will be “upset” or “disappointed” with you for failing to live up to their (often ill-defined or volatile) expectations, this might help you identify ways in which the power balance in your relationship is unhealthy and skewed.
Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.