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MYTHS VS. FACTS. Myth: It can't happen to me. FACT: More then 1 in 10 teenagers experience physical violence in their dating relationships. 1 in 4 teens report. Teen dating violence is at epidemic proportions an estimated Know the myths and facts about relationships. Myth: “Love and sex are the same thing.”. Teen dating violence is a major public health concern, with about 1 in 10 teens experiencing physical violence or sexual coercion, and even.
One in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship. Victims bring on the abuse themselves. They ask for it. Some victims provoke the violence committed by their dates by making them jealous, acting mean, or teasing them into thinking they want to have sex.
Facts vs. Myths
Teen dating violence only occurs between girls and boys. Teen dating violence and sexual assault is estimated to occur between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning LGBTQ youth at about the same rate as in straight teen relationships. However, LGBTQ youth are even less likely than heterosexual youth to tell anyone or seek help, and there are fewer resources for these teens. Teens experiencing dating violence usually tell a trusted adult.
Teens experiencing dating violence usually tell no one. When they do tell, they usually tell another teen. If a person stays in an abusive relationship, it must not really be that bad. There are many reasons youth may stay in abusive relationship: Click on the myths below to read the real facts.
Teen dating violence rarely happens. Fact Teen dating violence is as common as domestic violence in adult relationships.
Teen Dating Violence
A study of high school students conducted by Harvard University found that one in five teenage girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. Teen girls are as abusive as boys. Fact 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.
Some victims of teen dating violence or sexual assault provoke the violence committed by their dates by making them jealous, acting mean, or teasing them into thinking they want to have sex. There is no such thing as victim precipitated violence.
Teen dating violence is just arguing. It's not dangerous like domestic violence in adult relationships. Fact Teen dating violence can be very dangerous - sometimes lethal. Results of teen dating violence and sexual assault include serious physical harm, emotional damage, sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancy, and death. Teen dating violence only occurs between boys and girls.
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Fact Teen dating violence and sexual assault is estimated to occur between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning LGBTQ youth at about the same rate as in straight teen relationships.