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Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Nearly 1 in 10 Rhode Island high schoolers has already experienced physical dating violence. In fact, national statistics show that most victims first experience dating violence between the ages of 11-24.

Research tells us that teen victims of dating violence are much more likely than their peers who have not experienced abuse to drink, use drugs, have an eating disorder, or attempt suicide. They are also more likely to have experienced sexual assault and bullying.

Parents and educators, we owe it to our young people to raise the visibility of this issue and do everything we can to address and prevent this type of abuse.

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