Dating fact violence
Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.
Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense.
Let's get a broader perspective on this topic, by learning some teenage dating abuse facts.• According to Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, almost 1.5 million high school students across the country have experienced physical abuse from their partner.• Girls and young women between the age of 16 to 24 go through the highest rate of dating violence.• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that around 9% girls and 8% boys have taken a trip to the emergency room for an injury received from a dating partner.• Teenage girls who undergo physical, mental, and sexual abuse are at a high risk of developing an addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.• Young girls falling in the age group of 15 to 19 experience almost 10 times more violence in relationships than men.• According to Love Is Respect.org, almost a quarter of high school girls have experienced sexual abuse or date rape.• Teens facing dating violence intentionally choose to remain silent.
Even if they talk about it, it is with a close friend.• Contrary to what most people say, alcohol and drugs do worsen the violence, but are never the actual cause of teen dating violence.• A study conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited states that 80% of girls who have been physically abused continue to be in a relationship with the abuser.• Majority of the violence related to teen dating happens in the house of one of the partners.• According to Do Something.org, almost 25% of high school girls in the country have been abused physically or sexually repeatedly, and are likely to become pregnant or contract an STD (Sexual Transmitted Disease).• Teenage Research Unlimited states that 26% of teen girls in a relationship have been threatened with violence or verbal abuse.
Teen dating violence and sexual assault is estimated to occur between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth at about the same rate as in straight teen relationships.
(NCAVP, 2001; Dahir, 1999) However, LGBTQ youth are even less likely than heterosexual youth to tell anyone or seek help, and there are fewer resources for these teens.
Teen dating violence can be very dangerous - sometimes lethal.
An extremely popular example is Safe Dates―the only evidence-based curriculum that prevents dating abuse in teenagers.
As teenagers are still not emotionally mature, all this chaos can have a profound negative impact on their health.
Teens who have suffered dating violence tend to do poor in school, as they are too traumatized or depressed about the whole situation.
Rape is most likely to be perpetrated by someone the victim knows, such as a friend, an acquaintance, a date, a family member, or a partner (Silverman, Raj, Mucci, and Hathaway, 2001; Warshaw, 1988; Haplem, Oslak, Young, Martin, and Kupper, 2001).
Teens have to deal with a lot of changes while growing up.