A problem of repeated or actual threatened acts to pysically, sexually, or verbally abuse. When one person in a relationship repeatedly scares, hurts, or puts down the other person, it is abuse.
In a teen dating relationship, power and control can go beyond the conventional ideas of abuse. With technology progressing every day, control and intimidation through social networking, text messaging and cell phone use, and emails is prevalent.
The statistics below (www.loveisrespect.org) reveal startling trends in the realm of teen dating violence and a need to address this important issue. Love Is Respect website is filled with additional research, resources, and information for tweens, teens. college students, and parents on dating violence.
81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue
One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.
1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year
Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse
Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence --almost triple the national average.
72% of eighth and ninth graders are 'dating'
62% of tweens (ages 11-14) surveyed know a friend who has been verbally abused by a boy/girl-friend
36% of tweens surveyed know a friend or peer who has been pressured by a boy/girl-friend into sexual activities they did not want to participate in
69% of teens that have had sex by age 14 report experiencing domestic violence
1 in 10 high school students have been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boy/girl-friend
One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse or date rape
Though 82% of parents feel confident they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse
Only half of all tweens (ages 11-14) know the warning signs of a bad/hurtful relationship
Less than 25% of teens say they have discussed dating violence with their parents
Of the women aged 15-19 murdered each year, 30% are killed by their husbands or boyfriends
100% of teen dating violence victims, regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity, are able to contact Safe Space to speak with an advocate about resources, and request an advocate to be with them as they meet with the appropriate reporting agencies.
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