February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen dating violence is a type of violence that happens between two young people in a relationship. The nature of the harmful and aggressive behavior can be physical, emotional, sexual or technological abuse.
Nearly 1 in 11 female and approximately 1 in 15 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in the last year.
Many teens don't even realize they are victims of abuse. This month, as part of its Things Aren't Always What You See campaign, the agency will give the community a better understanding of what teen dating violence looks like, how to prevent it and what resources are available to victims.
If you or someone you know is experiencing dating abuse, sexual assault or human trafficking, call the agency's 24/7 hotline at 1-800-828-SAFE (7233) or text 936-552-9256.
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