Boys and dating violence
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.Teens who have experienced dating violence are at much higher risk for a variety of serious problems.Dating violence can be emotional, physical, or both.Some people believe that emotional abuse isn’t as serious as physical abuse, but this isn’t true.One in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship. Some victims provoke the violence committed by their dates by making them jealous, acting mean, or teasing them into thinking they want to have sex.
Both types of abuse have very serious consequences for both the victim and the abuser.
FACT: Alcohol and drugs can and do exacerbate violence, but they are NEVER the cause of violence.
Additionally, many people who batter do not drink heavily and many alcoholics do not beat their partners.
The researchers also asked about psychological and emotional abuse -- like being yelled at, threatened or called names.
Overall, almost 11 percent of boys said they'd been physically abused by a dating partner at least three times.The findings are based on more than 1,100 kids ages 11 to 17 who were surveyed about a wide range of dating violence.