The defendant stood helplessly during her hearing Tuesday as her mother collapsed onto the floor in despair.
As she continued to weep, her daughter began mirroring her anguish.
These girls were more likely to say a boyfriend had verbally or physically abused them: 32 percent did, versus 28 percent of their peers who went through puberty "on time."It's a small difference, said senior researcher Sara Jaffee, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Clearly, Jaffee pointed out, not all girls who mature early experience -- and girls who mature later are not immune from it.
As a judge and a parent, it’s difficult for me to imagine that 1 in 3 girls that I saw in my court were likely to be physically, emotionally or verbally abused.
Police said she arranged a ruse meeting for sex with an older man knowing it was a setup for a robbery by her boyfriend.
As the former Presiding judge of the Milwaukee Children’s Court and Presiding Judge of the Milwaukee County Domestic Violence Courts, I have seen many young people who were survivors of teen dating violence.
They included children who were both male and female, heterosexual and LGBTQ, and from every ethnic background imaginable.
It's actually striking that dating abuse was common across the board, she said.
But the findings do suggest that girls who mature early can be more vulnerable, especially if many of their friends are boys.