The numbers are in! teens are seeing abuse and experiencing abuse in their
relationships. Look at the following stats below and think about the people in your
life and in your community. Not only might they be experiencing abuse, but you might
know about it and they may be looking for your support.

1 in 3 know someone in an abusive relationship
1 in 3 teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been physically hurt by their partner. (Liz Claiborne, 2005)

3 in 4 teens would tell their friends first
73% of teens said they would turn to a friend for help if they were in an abusive relationship. (Liz Claiborne, 2005)

1 in 6 girls have experienced dating abuse
1 in 25 guys have experienced dating abuse
16% high school females and 4% high school males have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in a relationship. (MA YRBS, 2005)

1 in 3 LGBTQQI youth have experienced dating abuse
31% of youth identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual and/or reporting same-sex behaviors have experienced dating violence. (MA YRBS, 2005)

Dating abuse negatively influences your health.
High school students who experience dating abuse are more likely to:
Consider suicide (35% vs. 10%)
Attempt suicide (23% vs. 5%)
Have sexual intercourse (84% vs. 41%)
Have been or gotten someone pregnant (69% vs. 30%)
Drink and drive (18% vs. 10%)
(MA YRBS, 2005)
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