In the News: The "Dark Side" of Texting

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The "Dark Side" of Texting

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Texts demanding to know where a dating partner is, whom she is with and ensuing threats if the texter is not answered have become common in abusive relationships.

Excessive, demanding and threatening texts are now admissible in court as evidence of stalking and other crimes, and the electronic trail is helping authorities convict perpetrators ("Text Messages Become a Growing Weapon in Dating Violence,", June 21, 2010).

If you are a victim of this type of abuse or stalking, ask God for protection and the courage to seek help from a trusted individual and the authorities. This is not a normal part of a healthy relationship.