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Important Information from the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

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The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth states:

Facts about Juvenile Life Without Parole

The majority of sentences to life without parole for youth have been imposed in states where judges are obligated to impose it as a mandatory sentence, without consideration of any factors relating to a child’s age or life circumstances.
More than 25% of people serving life without parole after being sentenced as children were convicted of felony murder or accomplice liability, meaning they were not the primary perpetrators of the crime, and may not have even been present at the time someone was killed.
The majority of youth sentenced to life without parole are concentrated in just five states: California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Children sentence to life in prison without parole are often the most vulnerable members of our society. Nearly 80 percent of juvenile lifers reported witnessing violence in their homes; more than half (54.1%) witnessed weekly violence in th…

Safe Start Teen Statistics and Resources

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•1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males who date have experienced some form of teen dating violence.

•1 in 3 U.S. teens has been a victim of verbal and emotional, sexual, and/or physical abuse.

•Only 2/3 of teens ever report dating violence.

•1 in 10 have been purposely physically attacked.


For immediate help:
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
Call: 866-331-9474 Text: LOVEIS to 22522
Chat Online: loveisrespect.org

For more information:
Crisis Center for South Suburbia
crisisctr.org

Centers for Disease Control
cdc.gov/violenceprevention

Safe Start Tween Statistics and Resources

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•47% of children 11-14 report that they have been or are currently in a dating relationship.

•By age 14, 72% of tweens and teens are dating.

•Only 2/3 of tweens ever report dating violence.

•62% of tweens have a friend that has been verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend.


For immediate help:
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
Call: 866-331-9474 Text: LOVEIS to 22522
Chat Online: loveisrespect.org


For more information:
Crisis Center for South Suburbia
crisisctr.org

Centers for Disease Control
cdc.gov/violenceprevention

#notjustphysical

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Teen Dating Abuse Is Not Just Physical

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence states that:

In the U.S. alone, approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls (estimates up to 35%) is a victim of interpersonal violence.80% of teens say they know someone who has been controlled by a partner, and 60% know someone who has been physically abused. 29% of teens say that they themselves have been physically abused by a dating partner, and 54% report some form of abuse – yet only 37% of parents are aware that their child has been abused in some way 47% of 13-18 year olds who have been in relationships reported that they have personally been victimized by controlling behaviors from a boyfriend or girlfriend.Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Teens who are victims are more likely to be depressed and do poorly in school. They may engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using drugs and alcohol, and are more likely to have eating disorders. Some teens …

Ask the Expert: Teen Dating Abuse

The following Be Smart Be Well video features Claretha Cross, the Domestic Violence Liaison Office with the Chicago Police Department.