Third of Teenage Girls Abused by Their Boyfriends; SHOCKING NEW FIGURES REVEAL VIOLENCE AND BULLYING IN RELATIONSHIPS

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Third of Teenage Girls Abused by Their Boyfriends; SHOCKING NEW FIGURES REVEAL VIOLENCE AND BULLYING IN RELATIONSHIPS


Byline: MARTIN WILLIAMS

A THIRD of teenage girls in relationships are suffering domestic abuse. The NSPCC revealed thousands of youngsters aged 13 to 17 are in an intimate relationship and many are victims of violence and bullying.

One in three in North Wales suffer unwanted sexual acts and a quarter are being physically abused by their partner.

In conjunction with the University of Bristol, the children's charity questioned almost 1,400 teenagers across Wales and England.

The survey - titled "Partner exploitation and violence in teenage intimate relationships" - found nearly nine out of 10 girls had been in an intimate relationship. Of these, one in six said they had been pressured into sexual intercourse and one in 16 said they had been raped. Others had been pressured or forced to kiss or sexually touch.

A quarter of teenage girls had suffered physical violence such as being slapped, punched, or beaten by their boyfriends.

Nearly nine out of 10 boys also said they had been in a sexual relationship. with a small number reporting pressure or violence from girls.

The report, which was part-funded by the Big Lottery Fund, recommended schools raise awareness amongst pupils of the harm caused by controlling and physically or sexually abusive behaviour.

Simon Jones, the NSPCC's policy and public affairs manager for Wales, told the Daily Post the issue of violence in teen relationships is far worse than was previously imagined.

He said: "This is the first time research has been done on this subject and the outcome is pretty shocking.

"Before this study when you thought of domestic violence incidents you thought of older, married couples. This shows younger people are being physically abused by their partners as well. …

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