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New Survey: Over One third are victims of dating abuse

In a new survey presented at a meeting by the American Psychological Association on July, 31, 2013, over one third of responding teens said they had been emotionally, physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. The survey also found that boys (37%) were just as likely to be victims as girls (41% ). The data presented are currently under review for publication in a scientific journal and therefore are not generally considered authoritative until reviewed and published.

According to an article in USA Today:

“In the new nationwide survey, which included 1,058 youths ages 14 to 20, 41% of girls and young women and 37% of boys and young men said they had been victims of dating abuse; 35% of girls and 29% of boys said they had physically, emotionally or sexually abused a partner, according to a news release from the association. Girls were more likely to say they had physically abused their partners; boys were “much more likely” to say they had sexually abused someone, the association says. But it did not provide specific numbers on those differences.

The survey also found that 29% of girls and 24% of guys said they had been both victims and abusers, in the same or different relationships.”

To read the entire USA Today article, click here http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/31/teen-dating-violence/2596255/

DASH will publish a link to the entire APA survey as soon as it is published.

The DASH mission to educate teens, their parents and friends on the warning signs of teen dating abuse and healthy relationships is a vital tool in preventing teen dating abuse. If you would like to schedule a presentation at your school or community organization, contact DASH at admin4dash@verizon.net.

Alternative House hosts DASH presentation

A special thank you to the staff and terrific young women of Alternative House, Homeless Youth Initiative and Assisting Young Mothers programs for hosting a DASH presentation. Founded in 1972, Alternative House gives homeless, at-risk youth and new families a safe, neighborhood-based environment in which to learn and grow. We are so pleased to be associated with these wonderful programs that help young women realize their potential in challenging circumstances.  

Olympian joins Don’t Look Away campaign

Gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber has teamed with Mary Kay to support the “Don’t Look Away” campaign. By texting “love is” to 77054, teens can get information and support from a trained peer advocate.

“I feel very strongly about because I have two sisters of my own. And I have fans and friends and teammates. So if I can prevent even one person from having to go through this, then I would love to do that,” Wieber said.

Click here to read the article by Greg Bowman.

(Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)

AcaciaWater Wars for DASH

We’re so happy to thank Greg Stofko and his fraternity brothers of Acacia International Fraternity of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for their generous donation of $120 raised during their AcaciaWater Wars event!  Several fraternities and sororities participated and from the photos below, it looks like everyone had a great time!

As Greg stated on the Acacia website:

Today [May 5, 2013] we just had our first-ever AcaciaWater Wars philanthropy event, and may I just say it went amazing! All the money that was raised will be going to the non-profit organization, D.A.S.H. (Dating Abuse Stops Here). The pictures of the event will be uploaded as soon as possible. We also would like to say thank you to all the IUP Greek fraternities and sororities that participated. Can’t wait till the next AcaciaWater Wars!!!

Greg has been a huge supporter of DASH with his DASH4IUP website https://sites.google.com/site/dash4iup/ to educate students about the dangers of teen dating abuse.

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