The Facts

By age 12, the average child is estimated to have witnessed more than 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on network television.

Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds in the United States.

Homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans. 82.8% of homicides are commited with firearms.

Approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse.
Juveniles under the age of 18 account for 13.7% of all violent crime arrests

Talking to Teens about Violence


What can you do?

Help teens gain skills in self-control, decision-making, problem-solving, listening and communication.</span >

Promote a positive school climate that does not tolerate violence and aggression.</span >

Pay attention to school bullying.  Talk about how to recognize controlling behaviors.</span >

Encourage and promote cultural identity and acceptance of diversity.</span >

Let teens know they do not deserve to be treated with violence.</span >

Be available to discuss needs, concerns, and desires.</span >

 Be prepared to intervene by getting assistance.</span >

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