The size of Indie-Pen-Dent! Community’s primary target market involves all adolescent females who have experienced dating and/or sexual violence, sexual abuse, suicidal ideation, addiction, toxic relationships, interpersonal stresses such as familial upset and bullying, rejection by family and/or society due to queer sexuality, and questioning their identity & sexuality. a raw hummingbird, Journal To Save Your Life (J2SYL), and our 2014 Women & Rage Tour will help young women transform dark moments into their next big breath.
Statistics associated with each of these groups are as follows, and all references associated with these statistics can be found on our Appendix ___ page.
- Dating and/or sexual violence
According to United States Department of Justice document Criminal Victimization in the United States, there were overall 191,670 victims of rape or sexual assault reported in 2005. Only 16% of rapes and sexual assaults are reported to the police. With this data, 1,197,937 women were raped or sexually assaulted in 2005.
- Sexual abuse
The US Department of Health and Human Services reported 83,600 substantiated reports of sexually abused children in 2005. Including incidents which were not reported would make the total number even more substantial. Surveys have shown that one fifth to one third of all women reported some sort of childhood sexual experience with a male adult.
- Suicidal Ideation
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 24. By comparison, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death for all those age 10 and over, with 33,289 suicides for all US citizens in 2006.
Self-harm (SH)/deliberate self-harm (DSH) including self-injury (SI), self-poisoning, or self-mutilation is most common in adolescence and young adulthood, usually first appearing between the ages of 12 and 24.
See ‘Availability of Illicit Drugs to Girls Ages 12-17’ by A.S.K. (Adolescent Substance Abuse Knowledge Base) and the Center for Disease Control ‘Healthy Youth!’ report.
- Toxic relationships
In a nationwide survey, 9.8 percent of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months prior to the survey.
- Interpersonal stresses ~ Family & Bullying by Peers
There is a relationship between bullying or being bullied and other types of violence, including fighting, carrying weapons, and suicide. The 2009 Indicators of School Crime and Safety collected statistics from a variety of studies, which showed that one third of teens reported being bullied while at school.
- Rejection by family and/or society due to queer sexuality
Of the estimated 1.6 million homeless American youth, between 20 and 40 percent identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT). 26 percent of gay teens who came out to their parents/guardians were told they must leave home; LGBT youth also leave home due to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Homeless LGBT youth are more likely to: use drugs, participate in sex work, and attempt suicide. Also, LGBT youth report they are threatened, belittled and abused at shelters by staff as well as other residents.
Note: To connect with currently homeless youth, we may launch a donation program whereby we donate copies of Journal To Save Your Life anthologies to homeless shelters on how other youth are championing their own difficult circumstances.
For a comprehensive meta-analysis of many LGBTQ studies as administered by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, see this link.
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