Half of reported date rapes occur among teens. Abuse in dating relationships is common among teens. Approximately 1 in 5 female…
Half of reported date rapes occur among teens. Abuse in dating relationships is common among teens. Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
For teens, relationship abuse often takes the form of extreme possessiveness and jealousy. Abusers try to manipulate their partners by making all the decisions, putting them down in front of friends, threatening to kill themselves, stalking them, or forcing them to have sex. Teen relationship abuse occurs in heterosexual, gay, and lesbian relationships.
Both boys and girls report relationship abuse equally, but boys tend to start the violence more often and use greater force. Girls are more likely to yell, threaten to hurt themselves, pinch, slap, scratch, and kick. Often the abuser quickly apologizes and promises to change.
Teens that experience violent relationship abuse are more likely to take sexual risks, do poorly in school, and use drugs. If you think you are in an abusive relationship, you should talk to your parents or another adult, or you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.