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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, and we’re joining the cause to get the word out about what teenagers, parents, teachers, and community members can do to be aware of and prevent teen dating violence.
Eighty-one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
Every relationship is different and teen relationships, which are often fraught with drama and high emotion, can be dynamic and intense.
Furthermore, abuse and violence within the dating relationship can have a serious detrimental impact on the victims.
“It can negatively influence the development of healthy sexuality, intimacy, and identity as youth grow into adulthood and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.”However, while the statistics clearly demonstrate the severity of the problem, many people simply aren’t aware of its prevalence or its impact.
The question on physical TDV asked how many times someone "physically hurt you on purpose" and the new question on sexual TDV asked "how many times did someone you were dating or going out with force you to do sexual things that you did not want to do?