Youth violence is a global public health problem. It includes a range of acts from bullying and physical fighting, to more severe sexual and physical assault to homicide. Worldwide some 200 000 homicides occur among youth 10–29 years of age each year, which is 42% of the total number of homicides globally each year.
Homicide is the fourth leading cause of death in people aged 10-29 years, and 84% of these homicides involve male victims. And for each young person killed, many more sustain injuries requiring hospital treatment. Making it the fourth leading cause of death for people in this age group.In fact, in one study (2020), from 3–24% of women report that their first sexual experience was forced. But we will talk about this later in another article. It’s important to highlight when it is not fatal, youth violence has a serious, often lifelong, impact on a person's physical, psychological and social functioning (read next article for more information).
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