Dating violence myths

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Abuse occurs when the abuser exerts power and control over another.

MYTH: The target of the violence must be doing something to provoke the violence.

Teen dating violence is a major public health concern, with about 1 in 10 teens experiencing physical violence or sexual coercion, and even higher rates of psychological abuse.A 2001 study of high school students conducted by Harvard University found that 1 in 5 teenage girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner FACT: Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense. Bureau of Justice statistics reports that over 90% of the reported incidents of assaults in FACT: Teen dating violence can be very dangerous – sometimes lethal.Some progress toward awareness, prevention, and intervention with these youth has been made.Organizations like loveisrespect, Futures without Violence, and Break the Cycle have increased awareness and provided resources for teens.

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