Dating Violence Against Men
Men More Often Victims of Dating Violence
2004, 2009 Youth Risk Behaviors Survey
According to the Centers for Disease Control, now more males than females are victims of teenage dating violence. Their 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey report found "that 8.9% of students (8.9% of males and 8.8% of females) reported PDV victimization during the 12 months preceding the survey." But the 2009 survey shows 9.3% of females, 10.3% of males were victims of physical violence.
2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Dating Violence
Here's what the 2009 report says:
During the 12 months before the survey, 9.8% of students nationwide had been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend (i.e., dating violence) (Table 12). [Table 12 shows 9.3% of females, 10.3% of males. But the text does not mention this disparity - like they're trying to hide the fact.] The prevalence of dating violence was higher among 11th-grade male (11.5%) than 11th-grade female (9.1%) students. Overall, the prevalence of dating violence was higher among black (14.3%) and Hispanic (11.5%) than white (8.0%) students; higher among black (14.3%) than Hispanic (11.5%) students; higher among black female (14.8%) and Hispanic female (11.4%) than white female (7.2%) students; higher among black female (14.8%) than Hispanic female (11.4%) students; and higher among black male (13.8%) and Hispanic male (11.7%) than white male (8.8%) students. The prevalence of dating violence was higher among 11th-grade male (11.5%) and 12th-grade male (11.4%) than 9th-grade male (9.1%) students. Prevalence of dating violence ranged 7.4% to 17.8% across state surveys (median: 11.1%) and from 8.0% to 18.5% across local surveys (median: 12.0%)
Centers for Disease Control (2010), "Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- United States, 2009" Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Surveillance Summaries June 4, 2010 / 59(SS05);1-142
2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Here's what the 2003 report says:
By using data from the 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), CDC analyzed the prevalence of physical dating violence (PDV) victimization among high school students and its association with five risk behaviors. The results indicated that 8.9% of students (8.9% of males and 8.8% of females) reported PDV victimization during the 12 months preceding the survey and that students reporting PDV victimization were more likely to engage in four of the five risk behaviors (i.e., sexual intercourse, attempted suicide, episodic heavy drinking, and physical fighting). (emphasis added)
Centers for Disease Control (2006), "Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students --- United States, 2003" Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report MMWR Weekly, May 19, 2006 / 55(19);532-535
Assault and Sexual Coercion
The National Center for Victims of Crime says that that as many as 45 percent of females and 43 percent of males reported being the victim of violence from dating partners at least once.1
Note: If you have been the victim of dating violence (hitting, kicking, coerced into sex, stalking) please e-mail me and tell me about it. What happened? Did you tell anyone about it? Why or why not? Did you seek help? Why or why not? If you did seek help, did you get it? May we publish your story here? We'll do it anonymously, unless you give specific permission to use your name and/or e-mail address.
Know a young man who may be the victim of dating assault or sexual coercion? Print out this page and give it to him. Often, it'll be enough to get him to talk to you about it -- if not right away, perhaps in a bit. And talking to another man about it is the first step in healing -- in survival.
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1 National Center for Victims of Crime, "Statistics: Teen Dating Violence." http://www.ncvc.org/stats/teen.htm "A study of over 1,000 high school students found that 45 percent of females, and 43 percent of males, reported being the victim of violence from dating partners at least once (O ’Keefe,1998). O’Keefe M.; Trester L. (1998). "Victims of Dating Violence Among High School Students." Violence Against Women, 4(2): 195-223.
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