Prevalence of and Preventing Teen Dating Abuse

SAN ANTONIO - Oct. 21, 2022 - PRLog -- Building Strong Foundations announces the release of the book It Doesn't Start with a Punch: My Journey through an Abusive Teen Dating Relationship. In the book, author and abuse survivor and thriver, Dee Dee Said, shows how easily adolescents can become involved in an abusive relationship and how abuse can start subtly and grow, imparting deep wounds with long-lasting effects.

"With a heart and passion for helping teenagers and families, Dee Dee recounts her personal experience with teen dating violence to help others understand more about verbal, emotional, and physical abuse," said Celeste Inman, MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S. "Dee Dee identifies the red flags, lets the reader know they are not alone, and shares ways of helping someone in an abusive relationship. This book provides beneficial information from beginning to end."

Dee Dee Said speaks against violence while advocating for healthy relationships. She has mentored youth, engaging them to learn about healthy character traits and the risks associated with what many deem "normal" teenage activity. She also gives presentations to help raise awareness and keep teens from getting involved in abusive dating relationships.

Dee Dee's book will help parents, abuse victims, and anyone who cares for teens learn:
  • The protective factors that shield youth from becoming involved with or staying with an abuser
  • Signs of an unhealthy romantic relationship
  • Reasons teenagers may stay in one, from peer pressure and shame to the misguided belief that their abusers are going to change
  • How to help your tween or teenager get out of an unhealthy or abusive relationship
The book is available on Amazon.

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To purchase copies for bookstores or libraries or to schedule an interview or presentation with Dee Dee, please contact Building Strong Foundations, LLC at or 512-814-6002.

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