The statistics are staggering: violence is the 3rd leading cause of death among U.S. teens and young adults ages 15 to 24. In addition, nearly 1 million young people are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year as a result of physical violence, sexual assault, bullying, or self-harm. In a recent national survey, 1 in 10 teens reported being hit or physically hurt by someone they were dating. Whether it's relationship violence or bullying, online or in-person, youth violence is far too prevalent and warrants our attention.
In recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 4–8, I join others in raising awareness about this important issue facing our nation's young people and the parents, educators, and health care providers who care for them.
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Originally posted: 04/07/2016