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One third of teenage girls assaulted by their boyfriends.

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SomeGuy Tue 01-Sep-09 02:14:03

"A third of teenage girls report suffering unwanted sexual acts in a relationship and a quarter have been physically assaulted by their boyfriends, an NSPCC survey revealed today.

The survey of 1,353 13-17 year olds across the UK, carried out by the University of Bristol, found nine in ten girls had been in an intimate relationship, and of these one in six had been pressured into having sex and one in 16 had been raped."

"The NSPCC said that having an older boyfriend placed young girls at a higher risk of abuse, with three-quarters of them saying they had been victims."

"Diane Sutton, head of policy and public affairs at the NSPCC, said: "It is shocking to find so many young people view violence or abuse in relationships as normal.

"Boys and girls are under immense peer pressure to behave in certain ways and this can lead to disrespectful and violent relationships, with girls often bearing the brunt"

StripeySuit Tue 01-Sep-09 04:36:31

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fifitot Tue 01-Sep-09 07:50:10

How utterly depressing.

SixtyFootDoll Tue 01-Sep-09 07:54:39

I think it reflects the casual attitude to sex and violence in general.
Shame for those young girls.
Depressing for us all.

junglist1 Tue 01-Sep-09 08:00:11

The problem is that old fashioned views towards women are still inherent in society, but are being covered up. A lot of men still think if a woman cheats she deserves a beating, I've heard it time and time again, yet all too often we get the "but it goes both ways argument". Not in my experience it doesn't. Women have been undermined and abused since time began, now there are more abused men yes, but violence towards women will NOT be dealt with until the myths are squashed. I know of 15 battered women, 15. Let's stop aiding and abetting and deal with this as an issue of gender and blatant sexism, which is where it all stems from.

Tortington Tue 01-Sep-09 08:00:43

my son phoned the police because his gf assaulted him. the police commented that it was a mature thing to do.

i think immense pressure is put on teenage relationships and there just isn't the maturity to deal with it.

there is also a severe lack of communication. sex is used as a form of communication i would suggest. but conversation techniques? well i don't know if that isn't a little bit too complicated

junglist1 Tue 01-Sep-09 08:03:35

And yes I know it happens in same sex relationships so control comes into it. But abuse of women is far more likely because control of their lazy hysterical ways is seen as necessary.

Domokun Tue 01-Sep-09 09:51:52

The same article points out that there are a hell of a lot of boys reporting being assaulted (sexually and physically), pressured into sex etc, by their girlfriends too. It's a problem with young people in general. I'm not sure whether it's more, or less, prevalent than when we were young though?

SomeGuy Tue 01-Sep-09 10:26:28

It must be worse, the relationships are illicit to start with, in most cases, so the girls are in a more difficult position to be complaining.

StripeySuit Tue 01-Sep-09 11:13:30

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