Home Office Raises Parents' Awareness of Teenage Abuse

7th February 2014

Abuse, rape and sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender or personal situation. It can happen to young women and young men in heterosexual or same sex relationships.

While we may think that our teenagers could never be affected, the truth is that abuse, rape and sexual assault can and does occur in teenage relationships.

NSPCC found that nearly 75 % of the girls they surveyed had reported some sort of emotional partner violence and 33 % of girls and 16 % of boys had experienced some form of sexual violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend.

This leaflet will help you find out more about abuse in teenage relationships and understand the pressures to have sex which some teenagers may experience. It will also give you examples of the signs to look out for, as well as practical advice on how to talk to your teenagers, or the teenagers in your care, about these issues.