1 in 3 Young Americans Has Suffered Dating Violence: Survey

A new, sad report coming from Health Day News reporting that 1 and 3 young adults have suffered abuse in relationships.

From Health Day News:

More than one-third of U.S. teens and young adults say they’ve suffered abuse during dating and about one-third say they’ve been perpetrators of abuse, new research finds. About one-quarter say they’ve been both an abuser and a victim.

It’s not clear how the research defines dating violence beyond the categories of psychological, physical and sexual. However, the study, based on national surveys from 2011 and 2012, reveals that problems of abuse that face adolescents aren’t receding, said Emily Rothman, an associate professor at Boston University School of Public Health who is familiar with the findings.

“It is sorely disappointing that we have not seen improvements in the prevalence of dating violence in the past 12 years, but there is a clear reason for it,” she said. “We spend virtually no money on dating violence prevention or education in schools and communities. Problems don’t change unless you try to fix them.”

Abuse during dating relationships appears to be fairly common among teens in the United States. Federal research has shown that about 9 percent of high school students report being hit or physically hurt by their girlfriend or boyfriend, and 8 percent have been forced to have sexual intercourse, said Dr. Yolanda Evans, an assistant professor at Seattle Children’s Hospital who studies teens.

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