Everyone talks about peer pressure on teens, but just how bad is it? Parents may lay awake at night worrying about what other kids will force their children to do.

But "when we talk to young people, they tell us this vision of peer pressure is extremely rare," says Stephen Wallace, senior advisor for policy, research, and education of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).

Parents who want to dispel the myth that drugs and alcohol are an adolescent rite of passage can simply cite the facts.

Teens rarely strong-arm each other into trying risky things.

Instead, friends play a more subtle role in your child’s decisions.

The abuse had started subtly and grown insidiously.

My husband and I claimed to be Christians, so how could our marriage be abusive?

Lauren played with her old toys, when a man wrapped in a white sheet entered the room and started approaching her.

Scream stuck in her throat, when he grabbed her legs, pulled off her pants and started sticking his stiff cock between her clenched lips.

Confused, I began to question my situation: Was I really experiencing domestic violence in my Christian home?

I'd denied the truth so long I was unable to recognize what was really happening.

Unable to give my four-year-old daughter any more excuses, I said, "Yes, Daddy did that." Then I locked us in her room and crawled in bed with her until she fell asleep.

That night I resolved to stop the impact of domestic abuse in my daughter's life—a difficult decision that finally pointed me in the direction of healing.

Bill ordered a glass of beer, took a long swig and nearly thrown up from its disgusting taste.