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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

Protecting Our Teen Daughters from Date Rape

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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners: The Critical Link for Victims

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In Sex Crimes, Alcohol is the Weapon of Choice

Sexual perpetrators are more likely to use alcohol to subdue their sexual assault victims than guns, threats and fists, according to The Gazette. The issue of alcohol abuse and its role in sex crimes, particularly in the military, has caused the Department of Defense to redefine and label… Read More


What Were You Wearing? and Other Sexual Assault Myths

Sexual assault victims are often wrongly accused for what happened to them. One of the most common questions victims hear is “what were you wearing?” This question insinuates that what a victim was wearing could have provoked someone to sexually assault them. A Twitter user, Christina Fox (@Steenfox),… Read More

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