Friday, May 26, 2006

Choose Respect

The CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has launched the Choose Respect campaign, described as, "an initiative to help adolescents form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse before it starts." The site features facts and guides for teens on healthy and unhealthy relationships, dating abuse, warning signs, leaving a relationship, safety, and other topics, as well as the Dating Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. It also features an interactive game that allows users to unlock clips and build their own music video by correctly answering questions about dating abuse, and Choose Respect buddy icons.

Among the statistics provided by the campaign:
  • About one in 11 teens reports being a victim of physical dating abuse each year.
  • About one in four teens reports verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse each year.
  • About one in five teens reports being a victim of emotional abuse.
  • About one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  • Almost 70% of young women who have been raped knew their rapist either as a boyfriend, friend, or casual acquaintance.
  • Teen dating abuse most often takes place in the home of one of the partners.

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    MeSH Tags: There is no perfect MeSH entry for dating violence. Possible indexing terms include Adolescent, Violence, Interpersonal Relations, Courtship, and Spouse Abuse. Also try "dating violence"[tiab] AND English[lang]
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