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911 Tips

If your child is the victim of a violent incident or encounter:

  • First, provide the emotional and physical support your child needs – if there is a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • Call your local police or school official (if at school) to report the incident.
  • Write down or record everything you, your child, and any witnesses can recall.
  • Talk to your child about what happened, and listen.
  • Consider empowering your child with martial arts or self defense training.

These are the facts...

Homicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24 and the cost of youth violence exceeds $158 billion each year. Children between the ages of 7 and 17 are as likely to be victims of suicide as they are to be victims of homicide. Half of all juveniles murdered every year are killed with a gun and 22% of U.S. teenagers (ages 14 to 17) report having witnessed a shooting. A young person in our country is three times more likely than an adult to be the victim of violence. Every single day an average of 6 young people are murdered in the U.S.

Recent Youth Violence Posts

On Restoring Dignity

This piece was submitted to our 100K Stories Project by an author who wishes to remain anonymous. This powerful statement is what she shared in court, addressing the sexual assault that shattered her world, and the person who sexually assaulted her.   Your Honor, Today is not a… Read More

4.17.2017 / Heidi Ganahl

The Link Between Youth Mental Health and Social Exclusion

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, around one in five children in the United States suffers from a mental health problem. This is equivalent to over 17 million young people having disorders that affect their ability to express their emotions, learn and demonstrate positive behavior…. Read More

2.20.2017 / Heidi Ganahl

One Dad’s Ideas on Keeping Kids Safe

This piece was submitted to our 100K STORIES PROJECT by Jeffrey Nelson. Jeffrey is a businessman by day and freelance webpreneur by night. He writes for several publications on topics ranging from business to technology. His current pet-project is writing about biometric information over at Guest posts do… Read More

2.2.2017 / Heidi Ganahl

Cyber Bullying’s Impact And How To Address It

Cyberbullying: The Insidious New Threat The advent of the digital age has brought a whole host of new challenges to parents across the US, giving our children access to almost infinite sources of information, both good and bad. One of the negative aspects of this technological revolution is… Read More

12.27.2016 / Heidi Ganahl

The State of the State: Colorado Moms Tour Update

For the first time in America, children are worse off than they were two decades ago. It’s a fact. As a mom, this hit home for me 5 years ago, when I watched and grieved alongside my daughter in the aftermath of her horrifying experience with sexual assault. … Read More

8.9.2016 / Heidi Ganahl