The Facts Are Alarming

Teen Depression Facts

  • Depression that extends beyond sadness to the point of illness is that which interferes with the sufferer’s ability to function.
  • Depression affects about 20% of adolescents by the time they become youth adults.
  • Teen depression does not have one single definitive cause but rather several psychological, biological, and environmental risk factors.
  • General depression symptoms include having an irritable or depressed mood for more than two weeks and having at least five clinical symptoms and signs.
  • Teen suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth 10-24 years of age in the United States.
  • In order to determine the diagnosis of depression, a health care professional may run routine lab tests, conduct a medical interview and physical examination, and ask standard mental health questions.
  • Treatment options for teen depression may include lifestyle adjustments, psychotherapy, and medication for moderate to severe depression.

Youth Suicide Statistics

  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24.
  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18.
  • More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defect, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease COMBINED.
  • Each day in our nation, there is an average of over 3,041 attempts by young people grades 9-12. If these percentages are additionally applied to grades 7 & 8, the numbers would be higher.
  • Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
  • The Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBS) is a survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that includes national, state, and local school-based representatives samples of 9th through 12th-grade students. The purpose is to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social health problems among youth in the United States.
  • The surveys are conducted every two years to determine the prevalence of these health risk behaviors. Behaviors that contribute to unhealthy lifestyles and those that indicate possible depression and/or suicidal ideation are included.
  • The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than youth do, the rate of increase was higher- 77%.

Teen Drug Statistics

  • Teen drug overdose death rate climbed 19% in one year.
  • The rate of teen drug overdose deaths in the United States climbed 19% from 2014 to 2015, from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 teens to 3.7 per 100,000 according to data released this week.
  • The new numbers involve teens ages 15-19 and were released by the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Most of the overdose deaths were unintentional and driven primarily by opioids, including both prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and illicit drugs such as heroin and street fentanyl.

The Opioid Epidemic by the Numbers (2016 and 2017 data)

  • 130+ people died every day from an opioid-related drug overdose.
  • 11.4 million people misused prescription opioids.
  • 42,249 people died from overdosing on opioids.
  • 2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder.
  • 886,000 people used heroin.
  • 81,00 people used heroin for the first time.
  • 2 million people misused prescription opioids for the first time.
  • 17,087 deaths attributed to overdosing on commonly prescribed opioids.
  • 15,469 deaths attributed to overdosing on heroin.
  • 19,413 deaths attributed to overdosing on synthetic opioids other than methadone.

Sexual Abuse Statistics

  • There are more than 42 million survivors of sexual abuse in America.
  • 1 in 3 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the Internet before the age of 18.
  • 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult.
  • 82% of all victims under 18 are female.
  • Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, or sexual assault.
  • 30% of sexual abuse is never reported.
  • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) occur to children age 17 and under.
  • 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way.
  • Approximately 20% of the victims of sexual abuse are under age eight.
  • 95% of sexual abuse is preventable through education.
  • 38% of the sexual abusers of boys are female.
  • There is worse lasting emotional damage when a child’s sexual abuse started before the age of six and lasted for several years. Among child and teen victims of sexual abuse, there is 42 percent increased chance of suicidal thoughts during adolescence.
  • More than 90% of individuals with a developmental delay or disability will be sexually assaulted at least once in their lifestyle.
  • There are nearly half a million registered sex offenders in the U.S. - 80,000 to 100,000 of them are missing.
  • A typical pedophile will commit 117 sexual crimes in a lifetime.
  • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education, but 95% of abuse is preventable through education and awareness.

Human Trafficking
Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world, including here in the U.S. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor or services against their will.

  • The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally.
    • 81% of them are trapped in forced labor.
    • 25% of them are children.
    • 75% are women and girls.
  • The International Labor Organization estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods and 75 countries made by forced child labor.
  • In 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.
    • Of those, 86% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.
  • There is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. Polaris estimates that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.
  • More than 40,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to the Hotline in the last 10 years.
  • The Hotline annually receives multiple reports of human trafficking cases in each of the 50 states and D.C.
  • The number of human trafficking cases that Polaris learns about in the U.S. increases every year.

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