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It's something we don't talk about a lot. Our teens, who they're dating and what happens in the relationship. Did you know that across the country one in 10 high school students say they've been purposefully hit by a boyfriend or girlfriend?

There's emotional abuse too. One in 3 say they've been hit, sexually or emotionally abused and only 33 percent of kids tell someone.
     
These violent relationships have long lasting effects including suicide, promiscuity, STD's and a greater chance of lifelong abuse.

Students in Moline want action.

Four students put together a video and are getting recognition from the state of Illinois.

"I almost think people think it's not that big of a deal," Moline High School Junior Elaine Edwards said.

"Teen dating abuse is a much bigger issue than people see it to be or that people just don't know enough about it," Moline High School Junior J.J. Schrick said.

"When they asked me to be a part of this video I absolutely said yes because it's an issue that needs to be raised," Edwards said.
     
For the last two years, the state of Illinois has challenged high schoolers to make videos like this one, bringing attention to a problem they deal with but don't talk about.

"I have people in my life that have gone through something like this and it was a little bit personal for me," Edwards said. "When we told people we were doing this video they were like why? What's the big deal?  Like don't you see it? It's everywhere."

"It was really nice to make this movie to tell them there's always something better ahead, even if they are in a bad relationship," Schrick said. 

And a lot of teens are. The CDC says being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a sexually transmitted infection.

"Being a teenager, I feel like you don't have any real experience of what a relationship is supposed to be like and it can be very confusing," Edwards said.

"They can always get out of a bad relationship if they are in one," Schrick said. "They can learn more about dating and what it means to have a better partner and they can have something to look forward to."

 

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