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     Teen Dating Violence

     
    Across the country, teens affected by intimate partner violence are growing up without the foundations of healthy relationships. Ending teen dating violence starts at home and in school, talking about what love, respect and healthy relationships look like. Crime Stoppers of Houston provides the tools and insights to facilitate the important discussions to end teen dating violence. 

     

    TEEN DATING VIOLENCE - RATES

     

    Approximately 1.5 million high school students in the US are the victim of intimate partner violence in a single year.

    1 in 3 adolescents in the US is the victim of physical, emotional, sexual or verbal abuse from an intimate partner. This number far exceeds the rates of other types of youth violence.

    1 in 10 high school students report having struck, hit, slapped or physically harmed their dating partner.

    ¼ of high school girls have been the victim of physical or sexual abuse.

    70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced.

     

    IMPACT ON YOUTH

    Girls and young women between the ages of 16-24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. Almost triple the national average.

    Typically, aggressive tendencies and violent behavior appear in teens between the ages of 12 and 18.

    The rate and severity of intimate partner violence increases in cases where the pattern of violence was established in adolescence.

    72% of eighth and ninth grade students are “dating.”

     

    EFFECTS OF TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

    Victims of teen dating violence are at high risk to suffer from substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, self-mutilation and future domestic violence.

    Being sexually abused makes a teen girl 16x more likely to be impregnated, and 2x as likely to contract and STI.

    ½ of youth who have been the victim of teen dating violence and rape attempt suicide. Compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.

     

    BUILDING AWARENESS

    Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever reported the abuse.

    81% of parents believe that teen dating violence is not an issue, or report not knowing that it is an issue.

    Confusion about the law and the desire for confidentiality are the most significant barriers stopping young victims from getting help.

     

    Source: www.crime-stoppers.org/resources/resource-center/teen-dating-violence/