Five young men were arrested at a New Jersey school for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in a residence hall. “Sexual assault happens in every college and every university community in the country. “Some schools have robust programs for survivors, and they may feel more comfortable reporting and assault.
Fully 86 colleges are being investigated by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for their handling – or mishandling – of sexual assault cases. So those schools look like they have larger numbers.” Low numbers may not indicate safety, he said, but rather a culture of silence.
The prevalence of dating violence varies by study, depending on the definition of violence used and the age of respondents.
The 1993 Violence Against Women Survey (VAWS) found that 16% of women had experienced physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship since the age of 16.
Significant numbers of teens (15-18) are experiencing emotional and mental abuse as well as violence in their dating relationships; this is even more prevalent among teens that have had sex by the age of 14. commissioned Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU) to conduct quantitative research among tweens (ages 11-14), parents of tweens, and teens (ages 15-18) who have been in a relationship.
The research pertained to young dating relationships and the presence/absence of sexual activity and abusive behaviors.
Most days, I marvel at how fast the girls I’ve known since kindergarten have grown. Of the five girls in my daughter’s walking group, odds are that one of them will be sexually assaulted on a college campus in just a few short years.
A total of 1,043 tweens, 523 parents, and 626 teens completed the survey, resulting in a margin of error (at the 95% confidence level) of 3.0 percentage points for tweens in total, 3.9 points for parents, and 4.1 points for teens (5.5 among those 17-18).“It’s definitely possible, but it’s rare, because the chances of you knowing who you want to be with at 40 when you’re 17 are kind of low,” said Tracey Steinberg, a dating coach. And it’s worth the wait if it’s real.” Going the (long) distance is not easy: Challenges including overcoming communication barriers, resisting the temptation of a fun, new social life and scraping together the finances to visit each other at separate schools. But the next time you grumble about a spotty Skype connection or a pricey plane ticket, think about Barbara Gee and Gordon Baranco.The pair got together at age 16, despite the misgivings of their parents (Barbara is Chinese-American, and Gordon is African-American), who threatened to disown them.Most female victims of intimate partner violence were previously victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49.[x]81% of women who experienced rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner reported significant short- or long-term impacts such as post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and injury.[iii]An estimated 13% of women and 6% of men have experienced sexual coercion in their lifetime (i.e.unwanted sexual penetration after being pressured in a nonphysical way).They chose separate schools — she went to UC Berkeley, and he went to UC Davis.They broke up a bit, dated other people at the suggestion of their parents, but stayed in close touch.In the survey, 9.6 percent of females and 5.4 percent of males reported a lifetime history of sexual assault, and 10.6 percent of females and 9.5 percent of males said they had experienced dating violence in the past year.Dating violence was defined as being hit, slapped or hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend.(Liz Claiborne, Teen Research Unlimited Survey, released July 2008)A study of public high school students in New York City found females who recently experienced dating violence and males who experienced sexual assault some time in their lives are more likely to report suicide attempts than their counterparts without similar histories of violence.Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Suicide Attempts Among Urban Teenagers is published in the June 2007 edition of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.