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Sexual Violence in Teen Dating Relationships

Download this publicationThe spring edition of the Digest focuses on teen dating violence, an issue that is gaining more and more attention on both the local and national levels, largely in part to the hard work of advocates. We are continuing to adapt advocacy and prevention programs to meet the needs of teen survivors and find new ways to engage communities in addressing this problem. This is an exciting time in our movement! A creative energy has sparked; innovative programs are being developed and advocates from the sexual violence, domestic violence, sexual health, and youth advocacy fields are working together to create social change.

Dating violence looks different for teens than it does for adults. Teens often lack access to information and support, they face unique societal pressures, they have limited experience in dating and sexual activity, they lack autonomy in many settings, and the list goes on. Therefore, providing supportive advocacy requires an understanding of youth culture and often requires a different approach. Fortunately, there are a number of resources that have already been developed to support advocates, community members, and teens in doing this work.

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Reviewed: July 11th, 2016