Every day in America, girls face a mountain of seemingly impossible hardships that exist because of their gender. Seven out of ten girls ages 15-17 won't even bother to participate in normal, everyday activities due to a lack of self-worth. This void that so many young girls experience can be an unfortunate result of family dysfunction, abuse, bullying, poverty, impossible beauty ideals, learning disabilities and obesity. A staggering 75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating.
Whether it's physical or sexual abuse, bullying, poor self-image, or dysfunctional home environment, the results are devastating and have lasting effects, both in these girls' lives and for generations to come.
SEXUAL ASSAULT & RAPE
ABUSE & DRUG/ALCOHOL
- Obese children were 63 percent more likely to be bullied regardless of gender, race, family income, social skills, academic achievement, or school composition.
- A girl is bullied every 7 minutes in the school yard, playground, stairwell, classroom or bathroom.
- 85 percent of the time, when a girl is bullied, no one steps in to help her.
- About 42 percent of girls have been bullied online, and of that one in four has been verbally attacked on multiple occasions.
- Around 35 percent of girls say that they have been threatened online.
- Approximately 58 percent of girls have reported that mean things have been said about them online.
EARLY ONSET OF SEXUAL ACTIVITY
- Girls who had high self-esteem in 7th grade were three times more likely to have remained virgins than were girls with low self-esteem.
- The risk of teenage motherhood is raised – by up to 50 percent – among teenage girls with lower self-esteem.
- Teen girls that have a negative view of themselves are 4 times more likely to take part in activities with boys that they've ended up regretting later.