(The Rockwall News) ROCKWALL TX – In recent years teen dating violence has hit crisis levels across the U.S., according to numerous studies and reports.
Tomorrow evening the public is invited to hear Women In Need Women’s Shelter Outreach Director Cheryl Bahm share the presentation she makes regularly with teens in area middle and high schools in hopes of reducing and preventing teen dating violence.
The meeting is hosted as a public service by Rockwall-based Americans Ending Abuse. It will start at 7 pm at the Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club Champions Room, where food and drink service will be available.
According to statistics compiled by the non-profit, LoveIsRespect.org:
- One in three middle and high-school age adolescents are victims of physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse by their dating partners across the U.S.
- One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend
- Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
- Only 33 percent of teens in an abusive relationship ever tell anyone about the abuse.
- 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.
For more info, contact Americans Ending Abuse Founder/President J.J. Smith, 214-317-1718 or firstname.lastname@example.org