Campus News

The violent femmes

A Windy City Times story about new insights into sexuality, relationships and violence quoted Pamela Orpinas, professor of health promotion and behavior. After studying more than 600 Northeast Georgia teens, she said “Physical victimization was higher among the boys (61 percent),” while the girls (69 percent) were more likely to report psychological victimization.

Her research also showed that dating norms in general “did not allow violence from boys to girls, but there was much more support of violence from girls to boys; that was much more acceptable,” she said. “It is as if they are expecting it. . . . The norms are quite different” in terms of what is acceptable from a boy or a girl.