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Our Mission: "To Bring About a Ten-Percent Reduction in Child and Youth Violence, Bullying, and Abuse, through Volunteerism, Education, and Teamwork"

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YouthAlert! (YA!) believes violence, bullying, and abuse, (VBA) are the Head Of The Snake TM. It is the single biggest problem the world has. We also believe that they are the number one root cause of other problems like substance abuse, hunger, extreme poverty, poor mental health, human trafficking, slavery, environmental issues, and more. If we significantly lower the level of violence bullying and abuse, it will also significantly lower the level of all these other harmful behaviors and problems.

Violence


1. “Between 55 and 99 percent of women who have substance abuse issues have been victimized at some point in their life (Moses, et al., 2003) and between 67 and 80 percent of women in substance abuse treatment are Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) victims (Cohen, et al., 2003; Downs, 2001). Approximately half of partnered men entering substance abuse treatment have battered in the past year.” (Chermack, Fuller & Blow, 2000; Fals-Stewart & Kennedy, 2005) (National Center on Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence, Harrisburg PA, Retrieved January 2016) 

 

2. “National statistics estimate that 50 to 90 percent of women in substance abuse treatment have been or are currently victims of (Intimate Partner Violence) (IPV).” (State of New York, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Retrieved January 2016) 

 

3. “Authors indicate that there is overwhelming evidence that victims of sexual assault and rape are much more likely to use alcohol and other drugs to cope with the trauma of their victimization. For example, Rape victims are 5.3 times more likely than non-victims to have used prescription drugs non- medically. (Kilpatrick, Edmunds, and Seymour, 1992). Rape victims are 3.4 times more likely to have used marijuana than non-victims. (Ibid). Victims of rape are 6 times more likely to have used cocaine than their counterparts who were not raped. (Ibid). Compared to women who had not been raped, rape victims were 10.1 times more likely to have used “hard drugs” other than cocaine. (Ibid).” (WCSAP, Research & Advocacy Digest Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse, October 2005) 

 

4. “The combination of childhood maltreatment and intimate partner violence exposure during adulthood substantially increase risks for the onset of substance use disorder (diagnosable substance abuse/addiction), new findings from a group of U.S. researchers indicate. In a study published in January 2015 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from Columbia University examined the effect that the combined experience of child maltreatment and IPV exposure has on the chances that an adult man or woman will develop an alcohol- or drug-related case of substance use disorder. The researchers concluded that the two forms of trauma have an additive impact on the risks for diagnosable substance problems.” (California Alcohol and Drug Rehab, Promises Treatment Center, promises.com, May, 2015) 

 

5. “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) contribute to stress during childhood and put individuals at higher risk for health problems such as alcoholism and alcohol abuse, depression, illicit drug use, intimate partner violence, and suicide attempts. The impact of ACEs is also cumulative, meaning the more ACEs a child is exposed to, the higher likelihood they will experience some of these health and social problems later in life. The life expectancy of people with six or more ACEs is 20 years shorter than those without any ACEs.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence, July 2014) 

 

6. “The experience of being abused as a child may increase a person’s risk for alcohol-related problems as an adult. This relationship has best been demonstrated in women who had been victims of childhood abuse. Several factors most likely contribute to or influence this relationship, including coping skills; antisocial behavior; and psychological problems, such as posttraumatic stress disorder.” (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Alcohol Abuse as a Risk Factor for and Consequence of Child Abuse, Retrieved January 2016) 

 

7. “In 2004, 17% of state prisoners and 18% of federal inmates said they committed their current offense to obtain money for drugs. In 2002 about a quarter of convicted property and drug offenders in local jails had committed their crimes to get money for drugs, compared to 5% of violent and public order offenders.” (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department. Of Justice, Drug and Crime Facts, Retrieved January 2016)

 

8. “Conclusion. In face of problematic evidence, it is impossible to say quantitatively how much drugs influence the occurrence of crime.” (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department. Of Justice, Fact Sheet: Drug Related Crime, NCJ-149286, September 1994)  

 

Violence and Homelessness:

 

9. “Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.” (Safe Horizon, NYC, 2016) 

 

Violence and Obesity:

 

10. “Fear of violence leads to weight problems for some young women. Young African-American women who live in fear of the violence in their neighborhoods are more likely to become obese when they reach their 20s and 30s, new research from the University of Michigan shows.” (Medicalexpress.com, May 13, 2016)