Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 adolescents experiences verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year. Dating violence includes any behavior that is used to manipulate, gain control, gain power; cause fear, or make a dating partner feel bad about himself or herself. Bullying: Perceptions of adolescent victims in Midwestern USA. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers, Inc., 43-44. Peer Harassment in School: The Plight of the Vulnerable and Victimized. Bullying at school: long-term outcomes for the victims and an effective school-based intervention program. Administration for Children and Families, Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws: Life, Ashley Judd: I Was Sexually Abused Repeatedly As a Child and Almost Killed Myself: