Statistics show that one-in-three High School Students experience either physical and/or sexual abuse while on a date.Bullying and sexual verbal abuse has become all too easy with social networks and other communication outlets such as texting.Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
More than one in ten teenage girls in Indiana will experience dating violence, according to a recent Ball State University study.
The Centers for Disease Control has teamed up with a group called Veto Violence to host an Facebook forum all about this problem.
Superintendents also received the Guide to Addressing Dating Violence in Texas Schools.
School administrators received training on this topic at Texas Association of School Administrators’ Midwinter Conference in January, 2008.
Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence. Dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.
Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
There is also an effort to get schools to make the National Respect Announcement Friday morning.
The message states: "Tomorrow's Valentine's Day, everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship." Hannah Hendricks, a teen dating violence victim, shared her story with FOX59.
Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.