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One out of three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship. 68% of young women raped knew their rapist either as a boyfriend, friend or acquaintance.
Teen Dating Violence – including physical, emotional and sexual abuse – is a cruel reality for many teenagers. This includes harassment through texting, e-mail and instant messaging. It occurs in all races, religions and socioeconomic groups. Victims of dating violence may experience these forms of abuse:
- Name-calling and put-downs.
- Jealousy such as getting angry if you talk to other guys or girls.
- Control / Possessiveness telling you who to hang with, where to go, how to dress.
- Threats of violence, murder, or suicide.
- Angry outbursts, fights, or yelling.
- Any type of physical force including hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, throwing objects, restraining, or choking.
- Pressure to perform sexual acts that make you uncomfortable.
- Humiliating or embarrassing you, either in private or in front of others.
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