WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Prom season is here for many area teens. Whether it means picking out the perfect dress or asking that 'special someone' to the dance, that special night typically writes positive life-time memories for teens.
But Bill Stanczykiewicz with the Indiana Youth Institute said prom season can also be a reminder that some kids are involved in a violent relationship with their date.
"Most kids tend to do well in a dating relationship but data shows we need to stay on guard to help our kids prevent teen dating violence," Stanczykiewicz explained.
Stanczykiewicz said data shows 15 percent of Indiana teenage girls report being raped on a date. But, Stanczykiewicz said that's not all.
"12 percent of Indiana teens overall report being involved in physical violence while on a date," Stanczykiewicz explained.
There are specific signs to look out for to make sure your teen doesn't become a statistic or a victim of a violent relationship.
"Obviously, if they have physical injury or they come home with damage to their clothing," Stanczykiewicz explained. "In terms of their mood, do they have an overall heaviness more than the normal teen angst? If your child is missing school more often and their grades are starting to plummet, that is combined with those mood swings."
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