Teen Relationship Violence
Young adult dating violence is a big problem, affecting youth in every community across the nation. Learn the facts below.
*Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
*One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
*One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
*One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.
*Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced.
Why Focus on Teens?
*Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
Long Lasting Effects
*Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
What Should I Look For in a Partner?
Look for someone who will:
*Treat you with respect.
Remember that a relationship consists of two people. Both you and your partner should have equal say and should never be afraid to express how you feel. It’s not just about speaking up for yourself — you should also listen and seriously consider what your partner says.
Every relationship has arguments and disagreements sometimes — this is normal. How you choose to deal with your disagreements is what really counts. Both people should work hard to communicate effectively.
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