Health
10:41 am
Thu December 27, 2012

U of L Program Aims for Healthy Teen Relationships

A new program in Louisville aims to help teens have healthy relationships.  National statistics show one in three teens will experience emotional or physical violence while dating.  And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teens that experience dating violence are more likely to do poorly in school, binge drink, attempt suicide and get into fights.

The Courier-Journal reports PACT in Action was formed earlier this year with the idea of training teens to help themselves and their peers avoid dangerous and abusive relationships.

Lt. Carolyn Nunn, commander of the Metro Police Special Victims Unit, told the paper teens often are intimidated or embarrassed to talk about problems with parents and often don't report violence to the police. But they will reach out to other teens.