The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights that dating violence can happen to any teen in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship, anytime, anywhere. But it doesn’t have to happen. Learn how to prevent teen dating violence, and promote healthy relationships with CDC’s online resources.
Did you know that in a recent national survey, 1 in 10 teens reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the past 12 months? Additionally, 1 in 10 teens reported they had been kissed, touched, or physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to at least once by someone they were dating.
What Parents and Other Adults Can Do
Talk to teens about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence. That is why adults need to talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Teens who experience dating violence are more likely to also experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. They might also get involved in unhealthy behaviors, such as using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Also, teens who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for becoming victims during college.
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