Nine Percent of Teens in the US Admit to Committing Sexual Assault
Published October 11th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- A team of researchers from California questioned more than 1,000 young people between ages 14 and 21.
Nine percent of teenagers reported taking part in some form of sexual violence.
Dr. Theresa Beachy of peaceful paths says the numbers aren't surprising to her, but hopefully the study will start a conversation about how to prevent domestic and dating violence as well as sexual assault.
Teens in the study also reported greater exposure to X rated content in the media.
Executive Director of Peaceful Paths, Dr.Theresa Beachy says, "the media doesn't always give you the best messages about what is romantic and what is positive and what love looks like and really educate them that things like possessiveness and jealousy aren't romantic traits but they're actually creepy and can point to someone who's going to stalk you."
The study measured a wide range of sexual violence that included inappropriate touching and kissing all the way to non consensual sex.
8 percent of people who took the survey reported attempting or successfully forcing someone to have sex with them without consent.
Authors of the study suggest monitoring teen exposure to violent sexual material.
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