Bullying: According to “The Changing Characteristics of African-American Adolescent Suicides,” published recently in the Journal of Community Health, suicide rates among black boys ages 13-19 rose 60% between 2001 and 2017. For females, rates increased 182% during that same period. Every 7 minutes a child is bullied


As of 2018, suicide became the second leading cause of death in Black children aged 10-14, and the third leading cause of death in Black adolescents aged 15-19. 2021

In 2017, 68,528 African American males and 94,760 females made suicide attempts serious enough that they had to be treated by health professionals, the study found. Males were most likely to use firearms (52%) or to hang/suffocate themselves (34%) to commit suicide. Females used hanging/suffocation (56%) or firearms (21%) to commit suicides. 2021


  • 1 out of 5 report being bullied (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2019 )

  • The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students include physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2019 )

  • 41% of students who reported being bullied at school indicated that they think the bullying would happen again (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2019 )

  • Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and dropping out of school. (Centers for Disease Control, 2019)

  • Youth who self-blame and conclude they deserved to be bullied are more likely to face negative outcomes, such as depression, prolonged victimization, and maladjustment.(Perren, Ettakal, & Ladd, 2013)



Domestic Violence: More than 40% of Black women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, according to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research’s Status of Black Women in the United States


Black women are 2.5 times more likely to be murdered by men than white women. 2021


Sexual Abuse: Two-thirds of all victims of sexual assault reported to the police were under 18. In nearly 95 percent of the cases, the offender was a family member or acquaintance 2021


African-American women are less likely than white women to involve police in cases of child sexual abuse. Fears about betraying the family by turning abusers into "the system" and distrust of institutions and authorities often lead blacks to remain silent about "family business." 2021


Twenty percent of sexual abuse of boys is committed by women.


Child sexual abusers operate in silence and isolation, the tools they use to target and control their prey


Child sex offenders tend to victimize more often than other sexual offenders. Seventy percent of child sex offenders had between one and nine victims; 23 percent between 10 and 40 victims.


Over 90% of victims know their perpetrator 


50% of young people who experience rape or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide.


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