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CDC Warns U.S. Teen Girls Are “Engulfed in a Growing Wave of Violence and Trauma”

HeadlineFeb 14, 2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning teen girls across the U.S. are “engulfed in a growing wave of violence and trauma,” as new data shows there’s been an increase in rapes and sexual assaults, as well as record levels of depression and hopelessness. The data is from a 2021 CDC survey conducted on 17,000 high school teenagers, where nearly a third of teen girls said they had seriously considered suicide, up nearly 60% from a decade ago. At least 13% of them said they had attempted suicide in the past year, while almost 15% of the girls surveyed said they’d been sexually assaulted.

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