Did you know that:
- 1 in 3 teens will experience some form of abuse in a dating relationship;
- teens who suffer from abusive relationships exhibit increased rates of substance abuse, high risk sexual behaviors, eating disorders and suicidal tendencies;
- More likely than classmates to bring weapons to school; and
- 3 times more likely to be involved in a physical fight.
Each state was given a grade for how well prepared they are for dealing with this issue. Tennessee scored a C because it makes protective orders difficult for teens to obtain. If you are under the age of 18, you have to have a parent or a caseworker to file the order for you.
Interested is seeing how your state scored? Check out breakthecycle.org