Twenty-one percent of high school girls have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated -- a figure twice as high as previously estimated, a new study shows.
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Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 are the most susceptible to dating violence (about triple the national average).
According to a survey by the CDC, 23% of females and 14% of males who experienced abuse by an intimate partner, first experienced it between the ages of 11 and 17 years.
Authors of the new report note that the CDC has changed the way it phrases its questions about teen dating violence, leading more students to report assaults.
Teens who have experienced dating violence are at much higher risk for a variety of serious problems.
Doctors might be able to bridge this gap by providing additional information for parents through handouts in the waiting room, she says.