1 in 6 high school girls in TN experience dating violence, double the national rate

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A new report from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth says one in six Tennessee high school girls experienced dating physical abuse in 2019.

The report found that this rate was not only the highest in the United States, but almost double the national rate.

“If you take a second and ask any girls you know, I’m sure they can tell you about a friend of a friend or even themselves being in an abusive relationship,” she said. said Sarah, who survived a teenage relationship. due to the sensitivity of the subject, asked not to use his last name.

Sarah says she only recently realized that her high school boyfriend had raped and emotionally abused her.

“He turned it around and if I say no, it’s five minutes and try again. And I’m tired of saying no. “I thought it would be better to finish it than to sit and fight and argue,” he says.

According to 2021 CDC data, 13 percent of American high school students reported being sexually assaulted.

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