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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: What are the trends in dating violence victimization reported by high school students?
A: In 2019, 8.2% of high school students reported either physical or sexual dating violence victimization.
Notes: The reference period for each question was 12 months prior to the survey.
Physical dating violence: Being physically hurt on purpose [such as being hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon] by someone they were dating or going out with.
Sexual dating violence: Being forced to do sexual things [such as kissing, touching, or being physically forced to have sexual intercourse] that they did not want to, by someone they were dating or going out with.

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  • There was a significant decline in reported physical (from 10.2% to 8.2%) and sexual (from 10.4% to 8.2%) dating violence between 2013 and 2019.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02406.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on February 12, 2021.

Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 1991-2019 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/. Accessed August 2020.

The national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. The national YRBS is conducted every two years and provides data representative of 9th through 12th grade students in public and private schools throughout the United States.


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