As part of their “Don’t Look Away” Campaign, Mary Kay surveyed more than 500 parents about their role in preventing dating abuse. The facts speak for themselves:
- Only 3% of parents specifically identify “no violence or abuse” as a characteristic of a healthy relationship.
- 81% of parents of 11-14 year olds say their tween has not been in a romantic relationship, yet nearly half of all 11-14 year olds say they have.
- 62% of tweens who date say they have been called names, put down or insulted by their partner, yet only 34% of their parents are aware of it.
Not all the numbers are bad, though. Four out of five parents have talked about dating abuse with their child. In fact,
- 83% discussed the right to say no and how to do so.
- 73% brought up that dating abuse can be physical, emotional and/or sexual.
- 66% talked about where to get help should their child or a friend ever encounter abuse.
- 60% discussed the warning signs of abuse.
Learn more about the survey.