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2010 Teen Dating Violence Survey

During the spring of 2010, RESPECT presented educational theatre presentations to 1,471 6th – 12th grade students in southwest Iowa. Forty-eight percent of students were female, fifty-two percent male.

  • 73% of students reported they currently or have previously been involved in dating relationships.
  • 12% reported they had been afraid on a date.
  • 18% reported they had been physically abused by a date at least once.
  • 88% of the students who were physically abused did not ask for help.
  • 24% reported they had been verbally abused by a date at least once.
  • 82% of the students who were verbally abused did not ask for help.
  • 12% reported they had been sexually abused by a date at least once.
  • 87% of the students who were sexually abused did not ask for help.
  • 16% of students reported they had been abusive to a partner.
  • 35% reported they knew at least one person who had been in an abusive relationship.

Of the students participating in the RESPECT programming:

  • 85% reported that the play helped them learn more about teen dating violence and how to prevent it.
  • 80% reported that the discussion after the play helped them learn more about teen dating violence and how to prevent it.
  • 83% reported that they will use the information they learned in their own relationships.

Students completed surveys prior to RESPECT programming and then filled out the surveys after viewing the programming.

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These changes reflect statistically significant changes in learning and self-reporting attitudes.

Thank you to everybody who took part in conducting, reviewing, and analyzing these encouraging results!