Teen dating violence can be very dangerous - sometimes lethal.Results of teen dating violence and sexual assault include serious physical harm, emotional damage, sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancy, and death.

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Teen dating violence is as common as domestic violence in adult relationships.

A 2001 study of high school students conducted by Harvard University found that one in five teenage girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.

Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense.

Teens experiencing dating violence usually tell no one. One study found that only 6% of girls and 11% of boys told anyone about the abuse that they experienced (O'Keefe and Treister, 1998).

Middle school, high school, and college age women experience a higher rate of rape than any other group.Rape is most likely to be perpetrated by someone the victim knows, such as a friend, an acquaintance, a date, a family member, or a partner (Silverman, Raj, Mucci, and Hathaway, 2001; Warshaw, 1988; Haplem, Oslak, Young, Martin, and Kupper, 2001).Reducing Teen Dating Violence Through School-level Interventions A new NIJ-funded study has found that school-level interventions reduced dating violence among middle school students by up to 50 percent.The multi-level, randomized control trial studied the effectiveness of school-level and classroom-level interventions, as well as a combination of the two, in reducing dating violence and sexual harassment in 30 public middle schools in New York City."The success of school-level interventions is particularly important because they can be implemented with very few extra costs to schools," said John H.Laub, director of the National Institute of Justice.