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The Facts

The Challenge:

Bullying and Teen Suicide Statistics

  • 4 out of 5 middle school students report being bullied because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation
  • LGBT teens are up to 7 times more likely to have attempted suicide than their straight peers
  • 85% of all bullying occurs in front of witnesses
  • In schools with anti-bullying policies in place, students are 50% more likely to feel safe and, 33% less likely to skip school/classes.

The Purpose:

  • Promoting awareness about teen bullying and teen suicide
  • Developing sustainable youth/adult leadership educational programming
  • Advancing principles of equality based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (
  • Creating transformational gala events to raise scholarship funds

Did You Know?

  • 84.6% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1% reported being physically harassed and 18.8% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
  • 63.7% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 27.2% reported being physically harassed and 12.5% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their gender expression.
  • 72.4% heard homophobic remarks, such as “faggot” or “dyke,” frequently or often at school.
  • Nearly two-thirds (61.1%) of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, and more than a third (39.9%) felt unsafe because of their gender expression.
  • 29.1% of LGBT students missed a class at least once and 30.0% missed at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns, compared to only 8.0% and 6.7%, respectively, of a national sample of secondary school students.
  • The reported grade point average of students who were more frequently harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender expression was almost half a grade lower than for students who were less often harassed (2.7 vs. 3.1).
  • Increased levels of victimization were related to increased levels of depression and anxiety and decreased levels of self-esteem.
  • Being out in school had positive and negative repercussions for LGBT students %96 outness was related to higher levels of victimization, but also higher levels of psychological well-being.


Retrieved from: (Key Findings of The  2009 National Schools Climate Survey


The below are links to the 2016  research analysis of Dare2Care’s Cohort I pilot study (2011-2014) including the executive summary data.