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NCJ Number: 148943 Find in a Library
Title: Fact Sheet on Girls and Violence
Corporate Author: Ctr for Women Policy Studies
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr for Women Policy Studies
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Ctr for Women Policy Studies
2000 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In an effort to begin moving the needs of girls from "margin to center" in the debate about youth violence, this fact sheet presents information on the increase in aggressive acts committed by girls in the U.S.
Abstract: During the 1980's, girls' arrests for violent crimes increased faster than boys'; girls' arrest rates for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter between 1985 and 1989 increased 18.9 percent and their arrests for aggravated assault rose 35.9 percent. The National Adolescent Health Survey reported that 24 percent of girls surveyed reported being involved in at least one violent confrontation during the preceding year. In a 1990 survey, 8.1 percent of female high school students reported having carried a weapon during the previous month; 24 percent in the National Adolescent Health Survey said they could obtain a gun if they wanted one. However, most statistics show that violence prevention programs targeted at girls are nearly nonexistent, and those that do operate are underfunded. Girls are also victims of violence committed by family members, family friends, and peers. Many female inmates report having been the victim of physical and sexual abuse; 44 percent of girls arrested for murder or nonnegligent manslaughter had killed a parent, stepparent, or other family member. 25 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents; Statistics; Victims of Crime; Violent women
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