That's according to Choose Respect, a national initiative to help adolescents and young teens age 11-14 form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse.Every student, parent and teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in the US. Belvedere Vodka recently launched an online campaign that showed a grinning young man who seems to be trying to force sexual contact on a frightened young woman. If you think gender doesn’t matter anymore, you haven’t been in a high-school classroom lately. study of Grade 7 students found that 63 per cent strongly agreed with sentiments like: “When dating, the boy should be smarter than the girl.” Young people may joke about violence, but those who experience it are usually silent. Societies with the strictest gender roles have the highest rates of violence against women, and Canada isn’t as far ahead as we assume.Toronto (ON) – February 21, 2012 – Canadian teens are experiencing dating violence in record numbers and need help to stay safer.
Unhealthy relationship behaviors often start early and lead to a lifetime of abuse.Adolescents who experience dating violence are not only at an increased risk of being physically injured, but are also more likely to report binge drinking, suicide attempts, physical fighting, and sexual activity. Sexual assault and related offences such as sexual interference were the most common offences related to dating violence reported to police by adolescents in Canada. study knew friends and peers who had been verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend, and 20 per cent of 13 and 14-year-olds in relationships knew friends and peers who had been physically assaulted (kicked, hit, slapped or punched) by a boyfriend or girlfriend.Although teens may be wizards when it comes to technology, their relationship skills can be rudimentary.A teen who is abused by their date has a much greater chance of being abused later in life.