Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.

Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.

In a study of elderly female sexual abuse victims, 81% of abuse was perpetrated by the victim’s primary caregiver.

78% was perpetrated by family members, of whom 39% were sons.

The primary data source we use is the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which is an annual study conducted by the Justice Department.

To conduct NCVS, researchers interview tens of thousands of Americans each year to learn about crimes that they’ve experienced.

13.3% of college women indicate that they have been forced to have sex in a dating situation.

Nearly six out of ten sexual assaults occur in the victim’s home or the home of a friend, relative, or neighbor.

However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.

Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.

Only about 2% of all sexual assault accusations reported to police turn out to be false.