When it comes to teen dating violence, study finds BOYS are most likely to be victims

A study published over the summer in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence revealed that boys are more likely to report being victimized by a dating partner than girls.

“A lot of our interventions assume that the girl is always the victim, but these findings tell us that it isn’t always so,” the study’s senior author, University of British Columbia nursing professor Elizabeth Saewyc, said in a statement.

The study by researchers from UBC and Simon Frasier University found that of the teens in grades 7 through 12 who were surveyed in 2013, 5.8 percent of boys reported experiencing dating violence, while only 4.2 percent of girls reported similarly. Data from 2003 likewise showed that 8.0 percent of boys reported experiencing dating violence, while only 5.3  percent of girls reported similarly.

Why is there such a stark discrepancy between the rates of violence reported by boys and girls? Catherine Shaffer, a PhD student from SFU who also took part in the study, suspected that it my be due to backwards societal expectations.

“It could be that it’s still socially acceptable for girls to hit or slap boys in dating relationships. This has been found in studies of adolescents in other countries as well,” she said.

This speaks to one of many doubles standards that still plague the relationships between males and females. This particular double standard likely exists because of the behavior of adults that young boys and girls alike observe at home and elsewhere.

As noted by Jennifer O’Mahony in a column for The Daily Telegraph a couple years back, “[H]ow many of us have seen women ‘playfully’ slap their boyfriends after a few drinks, or knee them in the genitals, or joke about how they will beat them up?”

“It is the sort of dialogue conducted by young women all the time, when the same words would (rightly) be thought of as repellent coming from the mouth of a man.”

It’s sexist, disturbing behavior, yet girls and women perpetuate it in part because of the “women’s empowerment” dogma fed to them by radical feminism.

“Young women are internalising messages that dominance is the only way to conduct a relationship successfully, in keeping with the individualistic streak that feminism has acquired in recent years, where to be empowered means getting what you want, not working together for what you can both accept from each other,” O’Mahony noted.

Young women also perpetuate it because violence against men is seemingly seen as being OK. The following hidden camera video offers an example of this:

Bystanders either laughed or walked right by as the woman actress beat up the male actor.  Yet when the male actor beat up the female actress, everybody rushed to the rescue. This is called a double standard, and judging by the study’s result, it’s one that’s affecting kids quite negatively.


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