Facts You May Not Have Known…

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion reported in 2005 there was a 4 percent increase of abuse in San Bernardino (11.1) when compared to Los Angeles (7.3).

Abused girls are significantly more likely to get involved in other risky behaviors.  They are 4 to 6 times more likely to get pregnant and 8 to 9 times more likely to have tried to commit suicide (CoolNurse.com, 2007).

The National Domestic Violence Hotline has stated, 1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. Alcohol has been implicated in 46%-75% of the reported date rapes among 15-24 year olds. (CASA, 1999).

Teen pregnancy is the #1 cause of high-school drop outs among females. Less than 1/3 of teens who have babies before the age of 18 finish high school (CoolNurse.com, 2007) 70% of teen moms drop out of school.

In 2006, California reported the highest adolescent pregnancies nationwide– approximately 113,000 (Guttmacher Institute, 2006). In 2007, it was reported that 1 million teens in the U.S.A. will become pregnant over the next 12 months; more than half will be 17 years of age or younger (CoolNurse.com, 2007).

From 1999-2000, San Bernardino County was 37th highest in the state for youth ages 10-17 who had committed suicide or intentional self-injury.

According to the San Bernardino County Homeless Survey in 2003, there were 116 homeless youth. 45% of homeless youth without families were females. More than 1/3 of all homeless are females. Studies report that as much as 3 in 4 homeless youth have or will drop out of school; 1 in 3 homeless people in the US are under the age of 18 (DoSomething.org).

From 2000-2001, San Bernardino County was the 36th highest in the state in juvenile incarceration, over15% of these were female. Approximately 1 out of every 3 high approximately high-school students has experienced sexual, physical and verbal violence in a dating relationship (NCVC, 2002).

In 2002, of the female high-school-age students who should have graduated, more than 25% did not because they dropped out, could not complete the required exams, or were no longer in the tracking system.