The 2000 CDC report, based on phone interviews with 8000 men and 8000 women, reported that 7.5% of men claim to have been raped or assaulted by an intimate at some time in their life (compared to 25% of women), and 0.9 percent of men claim to have been raped or assaulted in the previous 12 months (compared to 1.5% of women).
A 2007–2008 online non-random, self-report survey of the experiences and health of men who sustained partner violence in the past year.
Also, for many teens the abusive relationship may be their first dating experience and have never had a "normal" dating experience with which to compare it.
While teenagers are trying to establish their sexual identities, they are also confronting violence in their relationships and exposure to technology.
Men generally do not report such assaults if asked general questions about violence or abuse; older studies frequently failed to ask about specific actions, thus falling afoul of quite different cultural gender norms for what constitutes abuse.