February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. While this is something that is 24/7/365 for the Relationship Abuse Prevention Program, it does provide a nice platform to further engage the Truman community. Here are some statistics, from LoveIsRespect.org –
- Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
- One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
- One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Why Focus on Young People?
- Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
- Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
- The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.
Don’t Forget About College Students
- Nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.
- College students are not equipped to deal with dating abuse – 57% say it is difficult to identify and 58% say they don’t know how to help someone who’s experiencing it.
- One in three (36%) dating college students has given a dating partner their computer, online access, email or social network passwords and these students are more likely to experience digital dating abuse.
- One in six (16%) college women has been sexually abused in a dating relationship.
- Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
- Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.
- Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
Lack of Awareness
- Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
- Eighty-one (81) percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
- Though 82% of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse.
Join RAPP as we participate in an array of campaigns for Respect Week 2018, including –
- wear #Orange4Love on Tuesday February 13th
- wear RED for #1BillionRising #Solidarity on Wednesday February 14th
- wear your #Pride on Thursday February 15th. RAPP Peer Leaders, GSA members, and staff advisors for GSA, please wear your Truman GSA shirt!
PARENTS – please refer to the guide below, from Break The Cycle, encouraging you to have dinner table conversations about teen dating, even if they’re not dating!
- Are any of your friends dating? What are their relationships like? What would you want in a relationship?
- Have you witnessed dating violence at school or among friends? How does it make you feel? Were you scared?
- Do you know what you would do if you witnessed or experienced abuse?
- Has anyone you know posted anything bad about a friend online? What happened
- Would it be weird if someone you were dating texted you all day to ask you what you’re doing?
STAFF – if you’d like to reach out for a RAPP workshop, or are just interested in information or flyers, please reach out to your RAPP Coordinator. Room 425-A. Extension 64253