WASHINGTON– Violence is a threat in nearly half of teen dating relationships, according to Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, who is leading a summit to tackle the issue.
“There (will be) breakout sessions, seminars, and lectures,” McCarthy says of the Symposium on Safe Teen Dating, which is sponsored by Montgomery County and will be held on Feb. 23 from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. in the Cultural Center of Montgomery College’s Takoma Campus.
The smartphone has become the new dating tool for young people, and texting is now the communication of choice in the modern dating world. McCarthy believes it’s also a new form of relationship bullying.
“[An example is] a young couple where the boyfriend texts his girlfriend 300 times through the course of an evening [asking things like] ‘where are you now?’ ‘what are you doing?’ ‘who are you talking to?’,” McCarthy says. “A na