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One of the hardest tasks I have faced is making decisions in cases that involve victimized youth.
I know that judges around the country (many of whom are parents) also are deeply concerned about making the right decision in cases that involve teen survivors.
” You want a teen in your courtroom to feel comfortable reaching out to system partners and seeking help.
Above all, you want her comfortable talking to you.
As eloquently put by the National Institute of Mental Health report on the teen brain “…the brain does not begin to resemble that of an adult until the early 20s…the parts of the brain responsible for more “top-down” control, controlling impulses, and planning ahead—the hallmarks of adult behavior—are among the last to mature.” Likewise, teen dating violence is not identical to adult domestic violence.
Teens have specific vulnerabilities unique to their age and development. to negative influences and outside pressures, including from their family and peers; they have limited control over their own environment and lack the ability to extricate themselves from horrific, crime-producing settings.” We know that teens have limited capacity for foresight and impulse control.
For example, a teen victim may fear telling her parents about an abusive partner because of a prohibition on dating.
A foster youth may not disclose dating abuse because they fear being removed from their school-of-origin.
In fact, only a little over one-third of teens who were abused ever disclosed their abuse.
These are tough issues for any judge to handle by themselves.
That’s why NCJFCJ and I put together this article entitled you may need to know, but it’s a start.
Teens are cognitively primed to test social limits, and some forms of teen dating violence can be difficult to distinguish from general adolescent behavior.
It’s not unusual to find adolescents who display a “lack of respect, verbal abuse, put-downs, involvement of alcohol or drugs and a [general] disregard for privacy,” according to a report from the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.