The Start Strong evaluation is one of the few studies looking in-depth at dating violence behaviors and risk factors among 7th-grade students.
75% of students report ever having a boyfriend or girlfriend
More than 1 in 3 (37%) students surveyed report being a victim of psychological dating violence in the last 6 months
Nearly 1 in 6 (15%) students surveyed report being a victim of physical dating violence in the last 6 months
Nearly 1 in 3 (31%) students surveyed report being a victim of electronic dating aggression in the last 6 months
Nearly half (49%) report being a victim of sexual harassment in the past six months, such as being touched, grabbed, or pinched in a sexual way. or that someone made sexual jokes about you.
The reason I cite that study is the next statement where we get data on sex. Does that mean that sexual harassment / violence was roughly equal in their sample? Who knows. Anyhow:
Half of students strongly agreed that it was okay for a girl to hit her boyfriend under certain circumstances, such as a boy who makes his girlfriend jealous on purpose.
7% of students strongly agreed that it was okay for a boy to hit his girlfriend under certain circumstances, such as a girl who makes her boyfriend jealous on purpose.
Is it fair to say that violence against boys is normalized? Well maybe compared to violence against girls.
Maybe we get a better breakdown on the data once the other waves of date get analyzed. Here is the mainpage btw.