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Teen Dating Violence Is Target of New CDC Program

Reducing teen dating violence in the United States is the aim of a new program introduced by federal health officials. This is a widespread problem that can have serious effects. But, many teens don't report incidents because they're afraid to tell their family and friends, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The agency defines teen dating violence as physical, sexual, mental or emotional violence that occurs in a dating relationship. It includes stalking and can happen in person or electronically with current or former partners. Of U.S. students who said they were dating, 21 percent of girls and 10 percent of boys said they had been victims of physical and/or sexual violence from a dating partner in the previous 12 months, according to the CDC. READ MORE

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