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Knowledge is power

Knowledge reflects facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education. Utilize your knowledge to create change, keep the peace, take action and to learn from mistakes.

We offer you ways to educate yourself on systems of oppression and intimate partner violence. The knowledge that you are equipped with will help you develop ideas for taking action.

The Facts

  • Intimate partner violence is associated with increased risk of substance use, eating disorders, high-risk sexual behavior, pregnancy and suicide.
  • Teen dating violence runs across race, gender, and socioeconomic lines.
  • One in three high school students report experiencing an abusive relationship as a victim, a perpetrator, or a bystander.
  • Youths involved in same-sex dating are just as likely to experience dating violence as those who date the opposite sex.
  • 45% of girls know a friend or peer who has been pressured into sex.
  • Half of the reported date rapes occur among teenagers.
  • 68% of young women rape victims knew their rapist either as a boyfriend, friend, or casual acquaintance.
  • 6 out of 10 rapes of young women occur in their own home or a friend's or relative’s home, not in a dark alley.
  • Nearly one in three students are involved in bullying.
  • One in four teens report being physically, emotionally, sexually, or verbally abused in a dating relationship.

 

Statistics provided by:

www.pacer.org/bullying/about/media-kit/stats.asp
http://www.clotheslineproject.org/teendatingviolencefacts.pdf
http://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/violence-prevention/start-strong/Documents/Intimate_Teen_Dating.pdf

 

"Knowledge is love and light and vision." — Helen Keller

Youth tell us that Peace, Acceptance, Respect and Knowledge are the key messages for the change they wish to see.