By Rev. Al Miles
According to the Dating Violence Resource Center, physical aggression occurs in one out of every three teen dating relationships. Date rape accounts for almost 70 percent of the sexual assaults reported by adolescent and college-age women. In addition, countless teens are subjected to emotional abuse from their boyfriends or girlfriends, severely damaging their self-esteem and making them feel powerless.
The remedy we need to protect teens from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse lies within this book: information. Al Miles, a nationally recognized expert in the field of domestic and teen relationship violence awareness, teaches parents, educators, and pastors about the abuse tactics being used against their teens. Miles helps readers understand how offenders use popular culture and Christian traditions to excuse and justify their violence. And most important, he offers parents and pastors key strategies to build bridges with the teens in their lives and protect them, in order to end violence in teen dating relationships.
"Al Miles is telling the truth about teenagers' lives and loves...As parents and pastors we owe it to our youth to understand the challenges of their relationships and how we can help. Al Miles leads us through this minefield with compassion and a critical eye. Thanks be to God."
—Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, Founder/Senior Analyst, FaithTrust Institute, and Editor, Journal of Relgion and Abuse
"Al Miles courageously and caringly exposes the damage and the cause of violence in teenage relationships which are hidden and denied by our families and society. This is a must-read for youth leaders, pastors, and all others working with teenagers whose futures will be seriously damaged if this issue is not addressed. The book provides excellent guidelines and resources for addressing this concern."
—Ted Stoneberg, Prof. Pastoral Care & Counseling, Anderson University, School of Theology