The latest data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS), based on interviews with high school students about their health risk behaviors, is astounding.
In 2009, 18.9% of Chicago high school girls reported they had been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend.
Read the fact sheet HERE (PDF) to get information specific to Illinois and Chicago.
Last summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health released the 2011 national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Survey results.
• 6% of boys and girls say their romantic partner posted something publicly online to make fun of, threaten, or embarrass them.
Across 31 states, the prevalence of sexual dating violence ranged from 7.8% to 13.8% (median: 10.5%).
Across 17 large urban school districts, the prevalence ranged from 8.0% to 13.0% (median: 9.9%).
Across 20 large urban school districts, the prevalence ranged from 7.4% to 16.8% (median: 9.4%).
Sexual Dating Violence Among the 73.9% of students nationwide who dated or went out with someone during the 12 months before the survey, 10.4% of students had been kissed, touched, or physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to by someone they were dating or going out with one or more times during the 12 months before the survey (i.e., sexual dating violence).