Teen girls are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as teen boys, with Hispanic teen girls nearly five times more likely to have attempted suicide than White high school boys.
“Because young women and girls of color often do better than boys and young men of color on indicators such as high school completion and unemployment, we often take that to mean that they don’t need as much investment in improving their well-being,” said IWPR Senior Research Associate Chandra Childers, Ph. “But these findings suggest that young women and girls experience significant disadvantages compared with boys and young men of their same race, particularly regarding dating and sexual violence, and investing in girls of color is just as necessary as investing in boys.” Violence can have long-term effects on girls’ lives, including degraded physical and mental health, limited educational success, increased chances of becoming entangled in the criminal justice system, and reduced long-term economic security.
But these behaviors can escalate and lead to more serious forms of abuse like physical assault and rape, resulting in negative health outcomes throughout life.
Teens who are victims are more likely to be depressed and do poorly in school.
White boys are the least likely to experience any form of dating or sexual violence and are half as likely as girls and boys of color to be absent from school out of concern for their safety.
White high school girls are 4.5 times more likely to experience sexual violence than White high school boys, while Hispanic teen girls are twice as likely as their male counterparts to experience sexual violence and Black teen girls are 1.5 times as likely.
"It can only get me in trouble," I would tell myself.Fully 22% of 18- to 24-year-olds now report using mobile dating apps, a more than fourfold increase from the 5% who reported using dating apps in 2013.These young adults are now more likely than any other age group to use mobile dating apps.Since I was young, I have had one thing on my mind: my future. So, as I headed into highschool, I had completely different mindset than the other kids in my grade.While all my friends wanted to do is hook up with boys, I wanted to put all of my attention into building up my resume.