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Keeping Safe From Violence

According to a 2004 report from the Center for Disease Control, in 2002, more than 877,700 young people ages 10 to 24 were injured from violent acts. Approximately 1 in 13 required hospitalization.

In a nationwide survey, 17% of students reported carrying a weapon (e.g., gun, knife, or club) on one or more days in the 30 days preceding the survey. Among students nationwide, 33% reported being in a physical fight one or more times in the 12 months preceding the survey.

Nationwide, 9% of students reported being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months.

A nationwide survey found female students (12%) more likely than male students (6%) to have been forced to have sexual intercourse.


What You Can Do To Keep Safe From Violence

  • Recognize situations that have the potential to escalate into violence
  • If you can't control your anger, get away. Take a time out.
  • Stop whatever you’re doing. Take a deep breat and count to 10. This will help you to control your feelings.
  • Think first. Respond with your head, not your fists, threats or weapons
  • Listen carefully to the other person's opinion
  • Cool off. Make sure you are calm and then talk to the person
  • If the situation can’t be resolved, get help from a third party to solve differences
  • Think about the options and consequences of your actions. If you hit someone you could get suspended from school, you could get hurt and if what you do causes serious harm to another person, your parents may be sued in court and you could be arrested as a juvenile.
  • It’s okay to be assertive. It’s not okay to be aggressive. Stand up for your rights and opinions. It’s better to start sentences "I" saying “I feel .. “ or “I don’t like…” This tells the other person how you feel.
  • Be willing to admit and be responsible for something you may have done wrong.

Read How To Prevent Dating Violence

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