Fast Facts:  True/False


Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates among girls. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by age 22, versus approximately 90% of women who had not given birth during adolescence. [i]


Teen birth rate is 40.1/1,000 in Duval County compared to 37.4/1,000 in Florida for girls age 15 to 19. [ii]


According to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, 14% of girls in grades 9 to 12 in Duval County reported “ever physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to” compared to 11.8% of girls surveyed across the United States. [iii]


“At any given time, one in every five young people is suffering from a mental health problems. Two-thirds are not getting the help they need. [iv]


18.1% of high school girls seriously considered attempting suicide compared to 11.6% of high school boys.

16.6% of high school girls made a suicide plan compared to 12.8% of high school boys.

12.9% of high school girls in Duval County attempted suicide in 2011. [v]


Among middle and high school girls in the five county area there is an increased use of depressants and alcohol. Females surveyed were heavier users than males of prescription pain relievers and over-the-counter drugs.

Negative body image, low self concept, and acute substance abuse aimed at self medicating in attempts to deal with stress and trauma are some of the reasons girls identify for substance use. [vi]


More girls than boys in the juvenile justice system report out of home placement and/or involvement in the child welfare system; 32% of girls committed to residential are involved with the Department of Children and Families/foster care compared to 10% of boys. [vii]


Average age of a girl recruited into domestic sex trafficking is 11 to 14 years old. [viii]


DJJ Full PACT Assessment, 2011-12 for District 4 Girls Boys
Experienced Trauma 78% 67%
Witnessed Violence 72% 69%
Physical Abuse 26% 15%
Sexual Abuse 24% 4%
Neglect 14% 10%


Girls who face cumulative risk are vulnerable to poorer outcomes as they enter womanhood, including poor physical and mental health, substance abuse and dependence, increased likelihood of arrests and criminal activity, domestic violence and parenting challenges. [ix]




[i] Center for Disease Control, Perper K, Peterson K, Manlove J. Diploma Attainment Among Teen Mothers. Child Trends, Fact Sheet Publication #2010-01: Washington, DC: Child Trends; 2010

[ii] Duval County Health Department, Biennial report, 2009-2011

[iii] Center for Disease Control, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, 2011 (data specific to girls grades 9-12)

[iv] Women’s Giving Alliance

[v] Center for Disease Control, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, 2011

[vi] Women’s Giving Alliance of Jacksonville, FL, Florida Substance Abuse Survey

[vii] Florida Department of Children and Families

[viii] Shared Hope International. The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America’s Prostituted Children, May, 2009.

[ix] Hipwell, A.E., & Loeber R. (2006). Do we know which interventions are effective for disruptive and delinquent girls? Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 9, 221-255.




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