ATLANTA, Ga. (KRQE) – Startling new numbers are out when it comes to teens and dating violence this morning.
The Centers of Disease Control found one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated. That’s double the number of previous estimates. For boys, it’s one in 10. A group that works to prevent teen dating violence says things are likely worse than the study shows:
“There are a lot of reasons that young people won’t come forward,” said Stephanie Nilva, Day One executive director. “They don’t trust authority figures, they are fearful that they will be blamed.”
The study found violence victims are more likely to attempt suicide, get into fights, drink and do drugs. The CDC has changed the way it phrases its questions which led to more students reporting assaults.