Facts on Teen Dating Abuse
Dating abuse affects around one in ten high school students, and it is likely to be underreported. A CDC survey (link is external) found that 10% of high school students had been physically hurt by a dating partner on purpose within the past year. This was higher among girls (12%) than boys (7%).
Sexual violence was even more common, with 11% of students reporting being forced to do something sexual within the past year by a dating partner. Again, more girls (16%) reported this than boys (5%).
Dating abuse can involve a current partner or past partner and can be in-person or digital. Abuse can be physical, sexual, or emotional. Find more facts on teen dating abuse on the CDS website.