Results of teen dating violence and sexual assault include serious physical harm, emotional damage, sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancy, and death.
Teen dating violence and sexual assault is estimated to occur between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth at about the same rate as in straight teen relationships.
For youth to thrive in schools and communities, they need to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported.
A positive school climate has been associated with decreased depression, suicidal feelings, substance use, and unexcused school absences among LGB students.
Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that sought to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the United States.The passage of VAWA in 1994 and its reauthorization in 2000, 20, has changed the landscape for victims who once suffered in silence.Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health.However, some LGB youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes.