Mariposa County Project Respect


When you enter middle school or high school, bullying may be similar to what younger students are experiencing.  You may experience:

  • Rumors and gossip
  • Hitting / kicking / punching
  • Intimidating / threatening
  • Maliciously teasing or taunting
  • Spreading rumors and gossip
  • Stealing or forcing people to give their money or belongings
  • Racist or sexist jokes or slurs
  • Putting someone down or making fun of them because of differences

However, it may begin to look a little different.  You may experience:

  • Sexual remarks
  • Textual harassment
  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexual harassment
  • Violence in your dating relationship

Bullying and violence is all about having power and control over a person. 

teens and power control

Did you know that:

  • 1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.
  • 1 in 3 girls who have been in a serious relationship say they’ve been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner.
  • 1 in 4 teens who have been in a serious relationship say their boyfriend or girlfriend has tried to prevent them from spending time with friends or family ; the same number have been pressured to only spend time with their partner.
  • 1 in 3 girls between the ages of 16 and 18 say sex is expected for people their age if they’re in a relationship; half of teen girls who have experienced sexual pressure report they are afraid the relationship would break up if they did not give in.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 girls who have been in a relationship (23%) reported going further sexually than they wanted as a result of pressure.

(Liz Claiborne Inc. commissioned Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU), March 2006)


If you think you may be in an abusive relationship there are people you can talk to:

  • Locally, in Mariposa County, you can call Mountain Crisis Services at 209.742.5865. 
  • You can also call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 1.866.331.9474 (1.866.331.8453 TTY)
  • will allow you to chat with someone about your concerns.