And with all the coverage of Rihanna / Chris Brown (which I will write about later, but ugh, can we please stop blaming her for “being a bad role model” or whatever and maybe put the responsibility for beating another human being on the person who did the beating?), it’s a pertinent conversation. The stats are disturbing:
-One in ten teenagers in New York City schools reports experiencing physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship within the past year.
-1 in 3 teens report experiencing some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships, including verbal and emotional abuse.
-A high prevalence of dating relationships of young women between 15 and 24 in New York City are characterized by physical violence (22%), coercion (67%) and forced sexual experiences (37%).
-Nearly half of all female homicide victims in New York City are killed in intimate partner homicides.
-In a study of young women aged 14 to 23 who sought health services at the New York Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, approximately 30% of young women reported experiencing sexual assault by a date or acquaintance in the past year.
Day One is doing amazing work to counteract these stats and end teen dating violence. There are many ways to help them raise awareness: on Facebook, on Twitter, on YouTube. Help them spread their message and end teen dating violence.