WTF Is Going On With Teenagers?

As I’m sure everyone has heard, there has been a rash of teenage girls killing themselves after being raped by their peers, then being taunted with videos and photos emailed to their fellow students.  Agreed, that is probably the most humiliating thing that could happen to a teenager and it’s easy to see how they could think their lives over.  They don’t want to tell their parents about the incident and they can’t just stay home from school, so they are forced to live through that humiliation.

Audrie Pott hung herself just 8 days after she was raped, when her harassment reached an unbearable point, with photos being posted and shared through her school.

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Rehteah Parsons was also tormented by students at her school after a photo of her rape was shared online.  She also hanged herself, attempting suicide, and was recently removed from life support.

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The girl whose rape became national news in Steubenville, Ohio.  Don’t even get me started on those little bastards.  Probably the cruelest people that could be imagined.  And their still teenagers…  Their parents must be so proud.

Seriously, what is going on with teenagers?  Why do they have no boundaries or limitations?  How does being intoxicated give an okay for several boys to have sex with you on camera?  And why are these girls getting drunk at 14?  Not saying that I never drank at 14, 15, 16, ect.  There’s a reason that alcohol is for adults, girls.  You are not able to handle it.

How can this behavior be curtailed?  I have little girls, who will be teenagers before I know it.  Their classmates can’t also be predators.  How do you protect your kids from that?  I am a fantastic mom, but they’re so little, it’s easy now.  And if there truly is karma, oh boy, am I screwed.  And it’s not like parenting advice from others works.  All families are different.  However, I am sure I can raise my girls to keep them from becoming the evil ones.

Hopefully there is some kind of wake up call for all these teens that this behavior is not okay.  Stop it.

Posted on April 15, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You are correct about the lack of boundaries and limitations however, we as parents need to build confidence in our children, especially our daughters. First, we can only hope that they never put themselves in a situation where they can be taken advantage of so easily. If they do have a lapse in judgment and find themselves raped and pictures taken, they need to know they have nothing to be ashamed of and they need to fight back via the court system. No, it will not be pleasant – yes, there will be the one or “50” kids talking and making fun, but eventually our daughters will be victorious. It has to be reinforced that rape is NOT SEX and you are not a “Ho” or “whore” that kids so like to name-call, but you are a victim of bullies who feel they have a right to even touch you…which they do not. Most of your peers are also afraid of the perpetrators and are so glad it did not happen to them which is why they appear to turn on the actual victim. Teach our children to be confident, hold your head high, do not rely on the opinion of other students for your identity and feeling of self. Be strong in your own beliefs. High School is temporary and it will not mean a darn thing when you are an adult with a career. Raise strong minded children; boys and girls. We don’t want our sons getting involved in this behavior either, even as a spectator. As we read or hear about these attacks, that is when we should discuss it with our children, no matter how young; there are ways to approach it. We should not mince words, and we should let them know what punks these boys are and how this shows their own insecurity and weakness. They do not care enough about themselves, how can we think they would care about another person. This is a flaw in their character not in the victims. The victim should be surrounded by support within the school and the community and those perpetrating these heinous acts should be punished and also given some form of community service as well as a hefty judgment to be paid to the victim. If their parents have to suffer financially, I believe there will be less and less bullying. It is sad to note that many parents find this behavior acceptable of their sons but once they are hit in their pockets, they will certainly put a stop to it.

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