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One in Three Teen Girls in UK Reports Abuse by Boyfriends

Results from an in-depth study paint a depressing picture of widespread sexual abuse across the UK. One-third of teen-girl participants reported suffering unwanted sexual acts while in relationships, and a quarter of them said they had been physically assaulted by their boyfriends.

Nine out of 10 of the 13- to 17-year-old girls surveyed said they had been in an intimate relationship. The research revealed that a girl in a relationship had a higher risk of abuse from a partner if she had previously been physically abused by an adult family member or if she had an older boyfriend. In fact, three-fourths of the young girls with a significantly older boyfriend said they were victims of abuse.

The girls reported that they put up with the abuse, which ranged from slapping, punching, and biting to forced kissing, sexual touching, or rape, because they felt scared, guilty, or fearful that they would lose their boyfriend.

Let's hope this knowledge will help parents, teachers, and others who work with young people find ways to protect them from abuse and stop the cycle of domestic violence.

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JessRose JessRose 8 years
WTH?!? How sad! I agree with RollingSilence.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
This is saddening. Sometimes I think it's not about low self-esteem or being overly submissive. It's relates to growing-up, learning about one's boundaries, and finding out what love really is (or isn't). Sometimes these lessons are learned by negative life experiences. I hope all of these teenage girls will become wiser and better-off from these awful experiences.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
What a sad situation.
herfallingstar herfallingstar 8 years
I don't think it's to do with submission. I think it's more low-self esteem or confidence. Just my opinion, though :) But those statistics are pretty scary...
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 8 years
That is completely insane. How could there be so many douchebags, and so many submissive girls to go with them? Don't people usually become a couple when they like each other? This is terrifying.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Very sad. At that age I dated but I never had a " steady boyfriend" so I think that saved me from a lot of trauma
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