Thousands of Alaskan teens experience dating violence: What you should know
February is teen dating violence awareness month, according to a proclamation signed by Gov. Bill Walker on Friday.
According to Stand Up Speak Up Alaska, a group dedicated to raising awareness on the topic, more than 2,000 Alaskan students at traditional high schools were physically hurt on purpose by someone they were dating in the last year, based on data from a 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
"In our state, we have 9 percent of youth that have reported sexual or physical violence in a dating relationship among traditional high school students," said Jennifer Baker, Adolescent Health Project Coordinator in the Women's, Children's, and Family Health in the Division of Public Health. "It's disproportionate for those that are in alternative high schools, which were actually 20 percent of those reporting relationship violence."
Baker and Amelia Smith, a peer health educator at the University of Alaska Anchorage joined KTVA's First Take at Five to talk about some of the signs of an unhealthy relationship and ways to raise awareness.
For a list of resources on teen dating violence, click here.
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