- Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with.
- Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior.
- There is an increased risk of unhealthy relationships for teens who have multiple sexual partners, use drugs or alcohol, don’t have parental supervision, or witness violence at home or in the neighborhood.
- 33 percent of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse.
- In the U.S., 25 percent of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually. Teen girls who are abused this way are 6 times more likely to become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
- Females between the ages of 16 and 24 are roughly 3 times more likely than the rest of the population to be abused by an intimate partner.
- 8 States in the U.S. do not consider a violent dating relationship domestic abuse. Therefore, adolescents, teens, and 20-somethings are unable to apply for a restraining order for protection from the abuser.
- Violent behavior often begins between 6th and 12th grade. 72 percent of 13 and 14-year-olds are “dating.”
- 50 percent of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide.
- A mere third of the teens who were involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence.
- Teens who have been abused hesitate to seek help because they do not want to expose themselves or are unaware of the laws surrounding domestic violence.
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Sources: CDC, Love is Respect