"People think that intimate partner violence among adolescents is less serious than among adults," says University of Washington School Of Medicine epidemiologist Avanti Adhia. "It's important to highlight that this can really lead to death. It's not something to brush off as 'This is just an argument between kids.'"
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Most states have loopholes on the books that make it more difficult to prosecute rape by an intimate partner. Jenny Teeson is fighting to change that in Minnesota.
More than four in 10 women in 51 countries surveyed feel they have no choice but to agree to their partner’s sexual demands according to a UN report released this week. The report also notes that they are also unable to make basic decisions about getting pregnant and accessing health care for themselves.
A majority of states allow 16- and 17-year-olds to wed, and 17 states have no minimum age to marry, experts say.
“What happened with the media explosion of ‘MeToo’ is that it left out (a) population of people,” says Michelle Grier, director of social work at Girls for Gender Equity. Part of the group’s work, says Grier, is to empower girls to recognize: “Oh, this movement is about ME, too.”
On its second year anniversary, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) is announcing the expansion of its hours of operation, which are now 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST, seven days a week, in order to better serve those impacted by domestic violence and dating violence in tribal communities across the U.S.