Facts on dating abuse
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
(National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010) Fact #4: Every 90 seconds, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. Department of Justice) Fact #5: One out of every five American women has been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
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.
The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who: Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.
All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.