Question: Is it common for girls to be abused in a dating relationship?

43% of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, digital, verbal, or other controlling abuse. 1 in 6 college women (16%) has been sexually abused in a dating relationship.

Who is more likely to be abused?

More than half (57%) of women who were survivors of child abuse experienced domestic abuse as an adult, compared with 41% of men. Overall, women were five times more likely to suffer sexual assault as an adult than men (20% compared with 4%), and twice as likely to experience domestic abuse (26% compared with 14%).

How many high school girls are hurt by a dating partner?

¨ 1 in 3 girls in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. ¨ 1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

What creates an abuser?

Abuse happens regardless of gender, age, sexuality, race, economic status, ability, citizenship status, or any other factor or identity. Feelings of confusion, fear, or anger are normal responses to abuse, but they may also make you feel isolated or like no one will understand.

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