This story comes to us from the Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, Colorado. The story is about teenage dating violence. story points out that one of every three adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 in the United States is a victim “of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of any other types of youth violence.”
Pueblo is a southern Colorado city and is mostly Hispanic where the domestic violence and rape has been estimated to be 50% higher than the national average.
They are presuming that the dating violence for teenagers is likely to be higher as well.
Here are some shocking national statistics:
- “Only 33 percent of teens who were in a violent relationship told anyone about the abuse.
- Eighty-one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
- A teen’s confusion about the law and a desire for confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers stopping young victims of abuse from seeking help.
- Technology (Facebook, Twitter, blogging, text messaging, etc.) used by tweens and teens has allowed teen dating violence to increase but remain more hidden than ever.
- Only 3 percent of students who experience dating violence tell an authority figure, while 60 percent tell a friend.
- More than 40 percent of abusive incidents happen in a school building or on school grounds.”
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