Did you know that youth violence in the 2nd leading cause of death among youth?
We were surprised by many of the statistics. In fact, Youth violence is widespread in the United States (U.S.). It is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24.1, as reported by the CDC. As we focus on violence in our communities, schools, homes and media and entertainment across America, one has to wonder what effect it has on our most vulnerable citizens, our youth – a question which may never be answered.
The CDC’s 2012 fact sheet however lists some eye-opening statistics on the prevalence of Youth violence across America:
- 4,828 young people aged 10 to 24 were victims of homicide—an average of 13 each day—in 2010.
- Over 707,000 young people aged 10 to 24 years had physical assault injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments in 2011—an average of 1,938 each day.
- In a 2011 nationwide survey, about 33% of high school students reported being in a physical fight in the 12 months before the survey.
- About 5% of high school students in 2011 reported taking a weapon to school in the 30 days before the survey.
- In 2011, 20% of high school students reported being bullied on school property and 16% reported being bullied electronically.
- Each year, youth homicides and assault-related injuries result in an estimated $16 billion in combined medical and work loss costs.
Take a look at the full fact sheet here, including more information and statistic references.
Do you find it hard to believe these numbers? Have you been affected by Youth violence in your family or community?
As always, the People’s Place would love to hear from you.