Teenage relationships

A survey carried out by the NSPCC and the University of Bristol has discovered some worrying facts about teen relationships. The survey found that nearly nine out of ten 13-17 year old girls had been in an intimate relationship. Of these, one in six said they had been pressured into having sex; one in sixteen said they had been raped; others said they had been pressured or forced to kiss or sexually touch. A quarter of the girls had suffered physical violence – e.g., being slapped, punched, or beaten up by their boyfriends. Nearly nine out of ten 13-17 year old boys also said they had been in an intimate relationship. Less boys said they had been pressured into having sex – only one in seventeen reported that this was the case. But almost one in five suffered physical violence in a relationship. The survey discovered that the girls were far more likely to feel that they had no choice but to put up with the abuse because they felt scared, guilty, or worried about losing their boyfriend. The report recommends more education aimed at teaching teenagers to respect one another. We’ve noted some worrying attitudes to sex and relationships amongst young people a while back. Presumably this is all part of the same problem. You can access more information about the survey here.

5 thoughts on “Teenage relationships

  1. Monkey, this report is so worrying, and I’m surprised no one has picked up on it – something I just noticed.

    I’m not sure what to say, except that feminists should be deeply concerned. Do the teens have any critical perspective on their behavior?

  2. Hi JJ. I’m not sure. Anecdotally, I know the early teens my friends work with don’t, on the whole, have a critical perspective on their behaviour. They often have various jumbled ideas about how people have evolved and what men and women are naturally like. I guess that’s where the sex ed comes in.

  3. Do you have a link where this report is located? I’m a Advocate for a Domestic Violence center in Florida and do Prevention groups/presentations with young adults and teens. I’d love to look more into the report. I’m surprised that it hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, but not that the figures are what they are.

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