Never blame yourself, and never be afraid to get help when you need it.Significant numbers of teens (15-18) are experiencing emotional and mental abuse as well as violence in their dating relationships; this is even more prevalent among teens that have had sex by the age of 14. commissioned Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU) to conduct quantitative research among tweens (ages 11-14), parents of tweens, and teens (ages 15-18) who have been in a relationship.Dating violence was defined as being hit, slapped or hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend.Adolescent girls who reported dating violence were 60 percent more likely to report one or more suicide attempts in the past year, the survey found, and males who reported sexual assault were four times as likely to have attempted suicide.Approximately nine out of ten (87%) young women said that they take special precautions to rarely or never walk alone after dark and nearly two-thirds (64%) said that they think about what could happen if they leave a drink unattended.
If you are a victim of dating violence and are feeling lost and scared, contact your local Safe Place program or talk to someone who can protect you.
When asked what they would do if they knew a friend or relative who was abusing a girlfriend or wife, half (50%) of all young men surveyed said that would say something to him about his abusive behavior.
More than two-thirds (66%) said that they'd be somewhat or very likely to report the abuse to the police.
Teachers, counselors, and other adults are there to help.
Seeing a counselor or other professional does mean there is something wrong with you.