According to a recent study published, 1 out of 5 teen girls have experienced dating violence this year. 1 of 10 teen boys has also experienced dating violence. Dating violence can be any part of physical, emotional, or mental violence against someone in a dating relationship. Teen dating violence has been linked to depression, suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol use, and risky sexual behavior.
The study used a little under 10,000 high school students and asked them questions about their dating relationships. Both sexual and physical violence was reported in both males and females. Previous studies had shown a lower number of victims, but this study was a little more specific.