What we know...
about the quality of young people's relationships
First experiences of sex are not always good, especially if drink has been involved etc (Sex is supposed to be a nice thing). Generally, around one third of girls and a quarter of boys report that they wanted to have their first sex when older.
Physical, emotional and sexual violence in relationships:
NSPCC did some research and in response to the question Have any of your partners ever used physical force such as pushing, slapping, hitting or holding you down? 25% of girls (and 17% of boys) reported this had happened at least once. 14% reported “a few times”. 11% of girls reported more severe physical force (punching, strangling, beating you up, hitting you with an object) at least once. What do you think about that?
Young people with a same-sex partner were more likely to report physical violence than were those in heterosexual relationships.
72% of girls and 51% of boys reported some form on emotional violence (eg shouted at, called you names, said negative things about you, threatened you, blackmailed you, said who you could see).
Young people with a same-sex partner were more likely to report emotional violence than did those with an opposite-sex partner, and more likely to report a negative impact
31% of girls and 16% of boys reported some form of sexual partner violence. (forcing you to touch, kiss, have sex).
Young people with a same-sex partner were more likely to report sexual violence than those with an opposite-sex partner.
Girls are much more likely to report that it has a negative impact upon them and identified more than one negative impact on their wellbeing. The most commonly reported effects were to feel scared/frightened and/or upset/unhappy.
Lots of young people don’t tell anyone about violence in their relationships - why might this be?
What would you do if a friend said they were experiencing violence in their relationship?