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Ten percent of high school boys also report having been physically or sexually assaulted by a dating partner, about the same rate reported in earlier surveys, according to a study led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in JAMA Pediatrics.
Authors of the new report note that the CDC has changed the way it phrases its questions about teen dating violence, leading more students to report assaults.
Recognizing and understanding the intersection of runaway and homeless youth and intimate partner violence (including dating, domestic and sexual violence) is critical to creating meaningful services and effective intervention and prevention strategies for both homelessness and relationship abuse, and in creating partnerships between the programs working with youth at risk.
Witnessing the ongoing abuse of a parent or experiencing child abuse, threats, or actual physical and sexual abuse are all too often the cause of youth running away or being forced from their homes.
The problem of homeless youth should be viewed as a social justice issue with its underlying roots based in all forms of oppression (including racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, ageism and able-bodyism), victimization, poverty and limited access to needed and necessary resources.” Janet Anderson Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Homeless, runaway and throwaway Youth: Sexual victimization and consequences of life on the streets.
Twenty-one percent of high school girls have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated -- a figure twice as high as previously estimated, a new study shows.
What they have seen in an abusive home environment or experienced on the street is often repeated by the youth themselves in their own relationships.
Acknowledgements Special thanks are due to the RHY/DV Steering Committee for their assistance in conceptualizing the Toolkit, and especially to Megan Blondin and Susan Spagnuolo of the Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth and Family Services (MANY), and Barbara Nissley, Jo Sterner and Jan Davis of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV).
Thanks also to the FYSB RHY/DV/SA collaborative project grantees who shared their lessons learned, tools and information with us.
Boys who have faced dating violence are nearly four times as likely to have been bullied online; girls are more than twice as likely.
Boys and girls who have been victims of dating violence are more likely to get into fights, carry a weapon, use alcohol, use marijuana or cocaine and have sex with multiple partners the study says.