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What Is Happening to Our Children?

Alarming Statistics

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When I first started this website, I knew there would come a time when I had to deal with some very heavy issues. Most of which tend to hit home with me. It is not easy to write about a topic, such as teen suicide or teen pregnancy, and have the faces of the children you care about float through your mind, especially when some have slipped through your fingers.

Being a 'professional parent' has given me a unique perspective on these issues. I have never listened to just one counselor, I have always pulled information from many sources when faced with a situation. It is my hope that my experiences will enable me to help someone else. As you read through my features in the next couple of weeks, note that I will present more then one side of an issue. I firmly believe that every child is as different as their fingerprints, and there is no set of rules that encompass all of them.

Here is why I am attempting to cover these topics:

Alarming Stats

  • In the next twenty four hours, 1,439 Teens will attempt suicide.
    from Teen Help.
  • A 1995 study by Children Now and Kaiser Permanente found 40% of teen women know someone who was in an abusive relationship.
    from Teen Dating Violence
  • In the next twenty four hours, 2,795 Teenage girls will become pregnant.
    from Teen Help.
  • Comparing 1986 and 1992, murders by all age groups were up 2 percent overall nationwide, but murders by juveniles 16 and under during the same period were up 96 percent.
    from Violent Crimes by Pre-Teens Increasing
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 - to - 24 years old, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5 - to - 14 year old.
    From Facts for Families.
  • In the next twenty four hours, 15,006 Teens will use drugs for the first time.
    from Teen Help.
  • Every 4 minutes a youth is arrested for an alcohol related crime.
    From Crime Time by Safe Place.
  • Sexual abuse was reported up to 80,000 times in 1995.
    From Facts for Families.
  • In the next twenty four hours, 3,506 Teens will run away.
    from Teen Help.
  • Every 2 hours a youth is murdered.
    From Crime Time by Safe Place.
  • Comparing 1986 and 1992, rape by all age groups were up 7 percent overall nationwide, but rapes by juveniles 16 and under during the same period were up 14 percent.
    from Violent Crimes by Pre-Teens Increasing
  • "While the crime rate for adults has decreased in recent years, the juvenile crime rate has grown alarmingly. The homicide rate among 18 to 24 years old increased 65% and the rate for 14 to 17 year-old increased 165%."
    From BIDEN WARNS OF RISING TIDE OF YOUTH VIOLENCE
  • In a recent Australian study of 1,500 gay and lesbian adolescents, 80% had not told their parents of their same sex attraction. Studies over the past 7 years have indicated that 25% to 40% of young lesbians and gays have attempted suicide.
    From "Here For Life" Youth Sexuality Project
  • Every 7 minutes a youth is arrested for a drug crime.
    From Crime Time by Safe Place.
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