Teen dating rights

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This document presents information about dating violence, the types of dating abuse, its effect, and prevalence of dating violence in both heterosexual and LGBT relationships.

The document also presents suggestions for dating violence prevention programs.

Helpful and harmful forms of communication are also discussed.

Finally, in terms of relationship safety, a dating rights advocate shares her experience with relationship abuse as a teen.

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The fact sheet also presents CDC's approach to teen dating violence prevention.

TDV occurs in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and digital, and the experience of TDV may have both immediate and long term effects on young people.

The documents included in this section highlight the widespread problem of TDV, the different types of dating abuse, and their impacts on young people.

These documents draw from various studies that use different measures. More than 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of intimate partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age (CDC, 2011).

In a survey of 500 teen and young adults, 57% percent waited six months or more before seeking any help while 40% hadn’t talked to anyone about abusive behavior in their relationship (Mary Kay, 2014).

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