Attorney General McDaniel Recognizes Teen Dating Violence Week

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February 05, 2007

AG's office to start new educational program

 

LITTLE ROCK-- Today, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel recognized the week of February 5 as Arkansas Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. He also announced the Attorney General's office is developing a new educational program geared towards educating teens on warning signs and prevention measures with regard to teen dating violence.

 

"As a father of a growing young girl, I want to do everything I can to make sure that she never becomes a victim of dating violence," McDaniel said. "Education is a key to prevention. Hopefully, by educating Arkansas's teens about the facts of teen dating violence, they will be less likely to be a part to it, and if they are, they will know what to do."

 

Some national facts of teen dating violence:

 

- 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

- Females 16-24 are more vulnerable to dating violence than any other age group-three times the national average.

- 58% of rape victims report being raped between the ages of 12-24.

- Of the female victims of dating violence, 94% were victimized by a current partner between the ages of 16-19.

The educational program administered by the Attorney General's office will be run out of the Community Relations department. The office has similar educational programs that speak at high schools throughout Arkansas on Internet Safety and Law Education.

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