Youth Under Attack – the Alarming Statistics

Youth violence is widespread in the United States (U.S.). It is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24.1

In 2012, 4,787 young people aged 10 to 24 years were victims of homicide—an average of 13 each day.1

Over 599,000 young people aged 10 to 24 years had physical assault injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments—an average of 1642 each day. 1

In a 2013 nationwide survey, about 24.7% of high school students reported being in a physical fight in the 12 months before the survey.2 •

About 17.9% of high school students in 2013 reported taking a weapon to school in the 30 days before the survey.2

In 2013, 19.6% of high school students reported being bullied on school property and 14.8% reported being bullied electronically.2

Each year, youth homicides and assault-related injuries result in an estimated $16 billion in combined medical and work loss costs.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Webbased Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2012) [cited 2014 Dec 17]

The Threats: