In this white paper, Soroptimist International of the Americas, working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world, examines the issue of teen dating violence.
In situations of dating violence, one partner tries to exert power and control over the other partner through physical abuse or sexual assault.
Emotional abuse is commonly present alongside the physical abuse or sexual abuse that takes place.
Sexual violence in dating relationships is also a major concern.
A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67% of sexual assaults and 60% of rapes take place in the victim's home or in that of a friend or relative.
Breakup violence among teens is a crime that has no zip code. A relationship ends and what happens is an emotional surge of uncontrollable anger.