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.
- 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 (http://www.hrweb.org/legal/udhr.html)
- 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: http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/library/record/2624.html?state=research&type=research (Key Findings of The 2009 National Schools Climate Survey
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING
The below are links to the 2016 research analysis of Dare2Care’s Cohort I pilot study (2011-2014) including the executive summary data.