Boys suffer more dating violence

This news about girls being more inclined to domestic violence than boys isn’t even remotely surprising. I can only speak for myself, but I’ve been struck by far more girls and women than by boys and men:

Who is more likely to be victimized by teen dating violence? If you’re quick to think it’s girls, new data shows you’re wrong. In a surprising twist, recently published research indicates boys are more likely to report being victims of dating violence committed by partners who hit, slap or push them.

Researchers with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University conducted a longitudinal study of dating violence. While reports of physical abuse went down over time, they say there is a troubling gender-related trend.

Five percent of teens reported physical abuse from their dating partners in 2013, down from 6 percent in 2003. But in the last year, 5.8 percent of boys reported dating violence compared to 4.2 percent of girls.

Cue the “but she’s smaller and less likely to hurt him” excuse. Sure, but size does not rationalize a resort to violence. It’s not only wrong, it’s stupid.