National wear #Orange4LoveFebruary 12th, 2018 - Brett Diaz
Today is national wear #Oranage4Love day. Every second Tuesday of February, wear orange in order to bring awareness to teen dating violence. Share your story and support by posting with #Orange4Love, #loveisrespect and #TeenDVmonth. Dating violence affects many aspects of a victim’s life. Teen dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Victims of TDV are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and engage in unhealthy behaviors. Teens affected by dating violence are more likely to use tobacco, drugs, alcohol, exhibit antisocial behaviors and experience thoughts about suicide. Below are some statistics on teen dating violence.
• Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
• One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
• Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
• Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
• The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior
• Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
• Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.
• Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
• Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
• Eighty-one (81) percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
• Though 82% of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse.
Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233