-More than 740,000 children and youth are treated in hospital emergency departments as a result of violence each year—that’s more than 84 every hour.
-More than 3 million reports of child maltreatment are received by state and local agencies each year—that’s nearly 6 reports every minute.
It is estimated that there are 300,000 child soldiers worldwide today.
110 million people died in conflict-related deaths of which 60% of people are not engaged and 40 million died in conflict-related famines
Since WWII, there have been 190 conflicts
Worldwide an estimated 250,000 homicides occur among youth 10–29 years of age each year. This is 41% of the total number of homicides globally each year.
Marriage is supposed to be a happy time for a woman in her life, but for some women around the world it is the equivalent of a death sentence. Worse is if this “death sentence” happens at the age many of us were still playing with Barbie’s.
Child Marriage puts a woman/girl at risk for forced sexual encounters that they are not physically or emotionally ready for, abusive physical/mental actions by a husband who is usually much older, and an inability to continue their education which could help these women be independent in the future.
In parts of Nigeria girls marry at age 11.
In parts of Nepal girls marry before age 10.
In parts of Ethiopia girls marry at 7 or 8.
Female genital mutilation or circumcision offers no benefits to women or girls but instead is an extremely harmful practice that could easily destroy a women’s life and can result in infertility. Despite these risks, 140 million women and girls (even girls as young as 10) undergo this inhumane procedure every year. This is a horrid form of sexual violence that continues because of tradition and beliefs that need to change to protect women and children.
32,000 babies are born in the U.S. every year as a result of rape