Teen Dating & Violence



Teen Dating & Violence
By: Mike Shain

Did you know there is a side of teen violence you may not be aware of - it has to do with dating.

The opportunity for violence exists because 89% of teens report that they are in a dating relationship.

And young love can be as abusive as the domestic violence of adults.
It's serious enough that this week is set aside to call attention to the problem. Girls are much more likely to be a victim than boys. Boys punch and even assault. Girls are more likely to kick and scratch.
Violence can include threats, insults, controlling behavior and sexual abuse. And it is girls that usually are often harmed seriously.
Here's a look at some questions and answers:
How many teenage girls are physically or sexually abused by a dating partner? One in ten, one in six, one in five, one in three. The answer - one in five, 20% have been abused.
Next question - what is the most common age group for victims of sexual assasult? Age 12 to 16, 16 to 19, 20 to 25 or 25 to 30.

Get this - teens between 16 and 19 are three and a half times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.

Now, true or false - teenagers often report abuse to their parents or school counselors. False. They are far more likely to tell friends.

And where does teen dating violence most commonly occur? At school, in vehicles, at home or on the internet. The answer is at the home of the victim or the abuser.

Girls who experience dating violence face in increased risk of eating disorders, multiple sexual partners, pregnance and suicide.

Click on the links above to get more information and to take the complete quiz for yourself.