Dating violence in the media

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Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.

They might also engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found among victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, nearly 23% of females and 14% of males first experienced some form of violence by that partner before age 18.

These are astronomical numbers considering how seriously we now take intimate partner violence in our country.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is leading the initiative, Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.According to some reports, approximately 81% of teens have some sort of online presence (org).We all know a young person that has an Instagram, a Facebook, Snapchat, or some other social media platform that we don’t even know about yet!Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college and throughout their lifetimes.Teaching healthy relationship skills and changing norms about violence can help prevent teen dating violence.

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