Rape is most likely to be perpetrated by someone the victim knows, such as a friend, an acquaintance, a date, a family member, or a partner (Silverman, Raj, Mucci, and Hathaway, 2001; Warshaw, 1988; Haplem, Oslak, Young, Martin, and Kupper, 2001).
Dating abuse is a controlling pattern of negative behaviors.
Teen dating violence and sexual assault is estimated to occur between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth at about the same rate as in straight teen relationships.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.Teen dating violence is as common as domestic violence in adult relationships.A 2001 study of high school students conducted by Harvard University found that one in five teenage girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.These behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship.
But these behaviors can lead to more serious violence like physical assault and rape.
In addition to the risk for injury and death, victims of dating violence are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, eating disorders, substance use, and suicidal ideation/attempts. 5) ² Children Now/Kaiser Permanente Poll, December 1995 ³ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).