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Teens are sometimes more willing to talk to doctors, especially if their parents are not in the room.Pediatrician Claire Mc Carthy says she talks about healthy relationships with her adolescent patients and asks if sex is consensual, but she says it is hard for doctors to find time to delve into such intimate issues, given that most pediatric appointments last only 15 minutes.Many teens reported being assaulted multiple times, according to the study, based on the CDC's Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance System using questionnaires answered by more than 13,000 high school students."If there is violence once, there is likely to be violence again," Spinks-Franklin says.
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM).
Twenty-one percent of high school girls have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated -- a figure twice as high as previously estimated, a new study shows.
Ten percent of high school boys also report having been physically or sexually assaulted by a dating partner, about the same rate reported in earlier surveys, according to a study led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in JAMA Pediatrics.
"They need to feel safe telling a parent."Teens often hide the abuse from their parents, Spinks-Franklin says.
Teens may not be able to confide in friends, either, because abusers sometimes isolate their victims from loved ones.