Parents in the Dark about Teen Dating Abuse

Nearly 10 percent of U.S. high schoolers report being hit, slapped or physically hurt by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control quoted by BeSmartBeWell.com.

And it says nearly one in four have been victimized through technology, according to a nationwide survey by Liz Claiborne Inc. and the Family Prevention Fund.

To help raise awareness of teen dating violence and the dangers of digital abuse, BeSmartBeWell.com shares the story of Kari, a high school girl who went from an ambitious achiever to a tragic victim of teen dating violence.

Though teen dating abuse is widespread, it’s often misunderstood or just missed by adults. That’s because many teens don’t share stories of abuse and much of the abuse takes place out of view.

BeSmartBeWell.com/Domestic-Violence is a website that features life stories, interviews with dating abuse experts, resources, and tips to help parents start a conversation about teen dating violence and safe relationships.

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