The results in many junior high, high schools and colleges across our nation are chilling.
To celebrate, we are calling upon government representatives and agencies, public officials, advocates, service providers, schools, parents and youth to take part in programs and activities that promote awareness and prevention of teen dating violence.
When teens begin dating, they apply the relationship norms they learned watching those in parental roles.
Now supported by dozens of national, state and local organizations, the call to end teen dating violence was formally recognized by Congress in 2006.
At that time, both Houses of Congress declared the first full week in February “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.” In 2010, our leaders in Congress dedicated an entire month to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.
This is a contentious issue because there is a desire to protect both parties involved (or that have the potential to become involved) in teen dating violence.
While classifying the perpetrator as a threat may be detrimental to his or her life and future relationships, not classifying the perpetrator this way may put future partners at risk.
The survey was conducted online between January 2 and January 18, 2008, with a total of 1,043 tweens, 523 parents, and 626 teens completing the survey.
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There are a number of states in which "age of consent statutes are used to prosecute consensual sex between two persons both under the age of consent." This type of prosecution has been deemed unconstitutional in some states by citing violation of privacy rights, but remains in effect in other states.
Sexual behavior and aggression can be so deeply intertwined that the legality of underage consensual sex is sure to have an effect on teen dating violence.
The subjects were asked questions about violence in their adolescent relationships, as either victim or perpetrator, and their childhood surrounding twelve different adversities: parental death, parental divorce, long-term separation from parent, parental mental illness, parental substance abuse disorder, parental criminality, inter-parental violence, serious physical illness in childhood, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and family economic adversity.