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But she says this information would have been helpful at a much younger age."I think people tend to romanticize jealousy in a way that can lead people to think that their toxic relationship is a normal thing," she said.
Another 18-year-old Dawson College student, agreed to share her experience with a controlling boyfriend on the condition that CBC protect her identity.
“That’s just in the movies,” says Brett, 14, of Aurora, Ont.
“What happens in real life is you’ll be hanging out with your immediate circle of friends, including your girlfriend, and you go, ‘What’s everybody doing Friday night?
” Catherine: “OK.” The two Toronto-area teens have been going out since last April, although rarely on their own.
In their group of eight friends, the four boys and four girls are paired off into couples, but prefer to spend their time all together, sitting around and talking at one another’s houses, grabbing something to eat, going to a movie. “We just feel better when we’re together,” Catherine explains.
An older teen who has sex with his younger girlfriend can be arrested, prosecuted, and jailed for the act.