About 10 percent of the teenagers surveyed said they had had sex by age 14, while 20 percent said they had sex between the ages of 15 and 16. "What makes this data so disturbing is the clear and unexpected finding that dating abuse and violence begins at such a young age," said Jane Randel, the vice president of corporate communications for Liz Claiborne Inc., at a news conference to coincide with the survey's release.
One in five 13- or 14-year-olds in relationships say they know friends and peers who have been "struck in anger" by a boyfriend or girlfriend. And the "parents don't know what's going on," she said.
Researchers also cited an increase in the risk of unsafe sex, alcohol use, and more, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The act is named for a 23-year-old woman who was murdered in 2005 by her former boyfriend, the Rhode Island legislature said.
Her boyfriend is now serving a life sentence without parole in the state prison for the murder, the Providence Journal reported. and parents have a right to know as well," Ann Burke, Lindsay's mother, said at the news conference. It's too late to help Lindsay." The survey, conducted from January 2-18, 2008, questioned 1,043 tweens, 523 parents of tweens and 626 teens through a customized 15-minute online survey.
Slightly more than two-thirds of parents surveyed believe they know "a lot" or "everything" about their tween's relationship, but only 51 percent of tweens agree, the survey said.
One-fifth of tweens say their parents know little or nothing about their dating relationships, while only 6 percent of parents concur.Teenagers and tweens need educational programs about abuse in relationships, experts say.