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Tonight's report on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric is one of those stories.

A new survey on teen dating violence and abuse signals what may be a worrisome trend – one in five 13 to 14 year olds say their friends have been punched, kicked, hit or slapped by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Those warning signs include a change in personality such as nervousness and anxiety around the boyfriend or girlfriend, and controlling behavior by the friend including too-frequent calls (Sami's boyfriend used to call her every five minutes) and domination of free time (Sami couldn't do anything but be with her boyfriend).

After April learned about Sami's abuse, she went on her computer and Googled "teen dating violence." She came upon a Web site sponsored by the women's clothing company, Liz Claiborne Inc., which includes mountains of information about teen dating violence, the warning signs and where tweens, teens and their parents can go for help.

Nearly half of all tweens, kids from 11 to 14, say their friends have been verbally abused in a relationship.

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Think of the impact on their lives and on society as a whole if perpetrators of this violence grow up and continue their abusive behaviors.Teachers also need to wake up, said Kehinde Dosunmu, who's 11."I think that it's a very difficult topic to talk about and some teachers just don't want to go there," she told me, during a break at summer camp.The second thing keeping me somewhat sane about my girls' future is an initiative by the National Association of Attorneys General to encourage every state to add a teen dating violence curriculum to their schools.

Maybe by the time my girls are tweens or teens, it will be as a given that teachers talk about what makes a healthy relationship and what makes an abusive one.Zoey has settled into motherhood and being a career woman.