February 12, 2015
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. All month long, we will be posting statistics about teen dating violence on social media. Check us out! We are on Facebook, Twitter (TurningPoint_6) and now Instagram (turningpoint6).
For Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we would like a show of hands, meaning we want you to send us a picture via Instagram with #thesehandsdonthurt. Be sure to tag us in the photo and we will recognize your pics! Thanks for giving us a hand!
If you are not on social media, we have included the statistics below:
2015 STATISTICS FOR TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Did You Know:
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- 1 in 3 adolescent girls (ages 12 – 18) in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
- About 72% of 8th and 9th graders define themselves as “dating”.
- Violent behavior in dating relationships typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
- HALF of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape will attempt suicide—compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
- Only 33% (1/3) of teens who are in violent relationships ever tells anyone about the abuse.
- 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue; or admit they don’t know if it is an issue.
- Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls 6 times more likely to become pregnant, and twice as likely to get a STI.
- Teen girls face relationship violence 3 times more often than do adult women.
- Cell phones often control victims. 1 in 3 teens say they are texted up to 30 times an hour by a partner keeping tabs on them.
- 80% of teens regard verbal abuse as a “serious issue” for their age group.
- Of the women between the ages 15 to 19 murdered each year, 30% are killed by their husband or boyfriend.
- If caught in an abusive relationship, 73% of teens say they would first turn to a friend for help.
- An excellent resource concerning teen dating violence information can be found at Turning Point in Marion—740-382-8988. Another source online is: loveisnotabuse.com
- 1 out of 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
- Physical bullying peaks in middle school and then declines some, but verbal abuse continues on through high school at a consistent rate.
- Healthy relationships are based on respect, trust, honesty, communication and awareness of personal boundaries.
- A healthy relationship is one where YOU can be YOU. No one should control your time, your behavior or your value system, except YOU.
- Abusers are “normal” people we encounter every day. The negative power and control they use in a relationship toward their victim(s) defines the term “abuser”.
- Blaming, jealousy and possessiveness are early warning signs of dating violence.
- The health-related costs of physical assault, stalking, rape and homicide by intimate partners exceeds $5.8 billion each year.
- Teaching (and talking with) young people about healthy relationships and ways to avoid dating violence can reduce dating violence by 60%.
- Pursuing a protection order reduces the likelihood of a physical attack by 80%.
- Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families.
- Don’t go into a relationship thinking you are going to change anyone…magicians only perform on a stage!