The number of children who are abused in this area is rising each year:
The CDC reports that any exposure to childhood experiences such as mental illness in the home, school, suicide, death of a parent/loved one, or parental incarceration increases the likelihood of long-term negative effects on the child. These negative effects include: low graduation rates, repeating a grade, behavioral problems, involvement with the criminal justice system, and mental and physical health issues.
As an organization providing programs for at-risk youth, we see that traumatic exposures can leave kids somewhat vulnerable to complex behavioral, developmental, and social problems, as well as mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and impulse control disorders. Currently our tutor and mentor staff undergo pre season training in the fall, on how to recognize some of these behaviors and report red flags to our directors, or supervisory staff, when they feel the need to report that the child may be suffering from a traumatic event or abuse of any nature.
In 2020, the teen birth rate was 15.4 (births for every 1,000 females ages 15-19), down eight percent from 2019 and down 75 percent from the 1991 peak of 61.8.1 There were 158,043 births to females in this age group, which accounted for less than five percent of all births in 2020. And given the age of these mothers, in 2020 nine in ten (91.7 percent) of these births occurred outside of marriage. Not all teen births are first births. In 2020, roughly 15 percent of live births to 15 to 19-year-olds were at least the second child born to the mother.
Among females ages 15-24, the probability of having had a birth before age 20 is higher for those whose mothers gave birth as teens and those whose mothers have lower levels of education. In addition, the probability of having a birth before age 20 is lower for those who lived with both biological parents at age 14 compared to those with other living arrangements. At the community level, teens who have mentors and have more connection to their communities are less likely to engage in sexual activity, and those who live in communities with higher rates of substance abuse, violence, and hunger are more likely to start having sex early and to have a child.
Child and Teen Suicides have skyrocketed in recent years due to so many reasons, such as neglect, abuse, and bullying.