Category: Emily Rothman

Public Health Alert: One In 10 High Schoolers Hurt By Dates With Slaps, Strikes

November 25th, 2013 in 2013, Emily Rothman, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health, WBUR 0 comments

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A new study by Boston public health researchers paints a bleak portrait of the dating scene among young people: One in 10 high schoolers say they’ve been hit or otherwise physically hurt by someone they dated in the past year…

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“Dating violence is a big deal. It’s one of the more serious public health problems that high school students are facing. But where it ranks in funding is not commensurate with how prevalent it is and how potentially harmful.”

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Sexual Violence Common Among Adolescents

October 7th, 2013 in 2013, Emily Rothman, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Emily Rothman, School of Public Health

Nearly one in 10 of the 14- to 21-year-olds surveyed reported perpetrating sexual violence in their lifetime, researchers found…

Expert quote:

“Although I was saddened by the results of this study, I was not surprised. We have known for decades that the prevalence of sexual violence victimization among youth is unacceptably high, and that youth are responsible for 30% to 50% of the perpetration of childhood sexual abuse.”

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1 in 3 Young Americans Has Suffered Dating Violence: Survey

July 31st, 2013 in 2013, Emily Rothman, HealthDay News, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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More than one-third of U.S. teens and young adults say they’ve suffered abuse during dating and about one-third say they’ve been perpetrators of abuse, new research finds…

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“It is sorely disappointing that we have not seen improvements in the prevalence of dating violence in the past 12 years, but there is a clear reason for it. We spend virtually no money on dating violence prevention or education in schools and communities. Problems don’t change unless you try to fix them.”

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Teens trained to spot drama before it turns dangerous

June 25th, 2013 in 2013, CNN.com, Emily Rothman, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Lauren Astley knew her ex-boyfriend was having a hard time getting over their breakup…

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“The problem is when we look at incidents like this as random acts of craziness instead of dating violence.”

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Slain teen’s parents call for relationship ed

May 15th, 2013 in 2013, Emily Rothman, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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The parents of slain Wayland teenager Lauren Astley made a heartfelt plea to lawmakers on Tuesday to implement comprehensive teen relationship and violence education in public schools, hoping to prevent other families from enduring a similar tragedy…

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“We as a Commonwealth have done virtually nothing.”

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Parents of slain teen call for violence prevention

May 14th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Emily Rothman, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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The parents of a teenager whose former high school boyfriend was convicted of her murder urged state lawmakers Tuesday to require that dating violence prevention be included as part of health and sex education programs in public schools…

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‘‘We as a Commonwealth are doing virtually nothing. We have no state funding for dating violence prevention in schools. That is deplorable.’’

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Parents call for schools to teach about healthy relationships

May 14th, 2013 in 2013, Emily Rothman, NECN, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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When teen dating turns dangerous

April 1st, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, Emily Rothman, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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It may be the last thing that parents talk to their children about, though it might be one of the most important: a teenager’s romantic relationship…

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“The message has gotten through to parents that part of their job is talking about alcohol, drugs, and safer sex, but the message about dating violence is lagging behind.”

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LETTERS: State must do more to prevent dating violence

March 13th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, Emily Rothman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Any incident of adolescent dating aggression is both tragic and preventable…

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Nathaniel Fujita Highlights Need for Teen Dating Violence Prevention

March 11th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, Boston Magazine, Emily Rothman, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Last week’s sentencing of 20-year-old Nathaniel Fujita to life in prison without parole for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Lauren Astley is a grim conclusion to a tragic story of teen dating violence…

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“In general, teens who perpetrate violence are capable of change. I don’t know if I’d extend that to Fujita specifically,” she adds. “But we have hard evidence that [prevention] works.”

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