Beacon Center


801 Jenson SE/PO Box 781
Watertown, SD 57201

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Teen Dating Violence

Recognizing abuse in a relationship can be rather difficult especially for teens. On many occasions there are abusive actions that teens may not consider abusive, and believe are normal. Although teens relationships are much different than adults, they still experience the same types of abuse that adults do.

• One in three teens experience some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships, including verbal and emotional abuse

• 40% of teenage girls, ages 14 to 17, know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by their partner

• Nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate  relationships continue to date their abuser.

• 1 in 4 teenage girls who have been in relationships reveal they have been pressured to perform oral sex or engage in intercourse.

Not only is it more difficult for teens to recognize abuse, they may also run into problems while seeking help. For many teens, they may have limited access to transportation or money to get to a safe place. It is important to know teens always have a right to healthy relationships and the help needed to get there. If you or someone you know may be experiencing teen dating violence, learn about domestic violence and what the laws in your state say about teen dating violence and share the information with them to stay safe in their relationship.

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