Arizona’s Homeless Youth
600-800 homeless youth are looking for a place to sleep tonight in the Phoenix area.
WHO ARE ARIZONA’S HOMELESS YOUTH?
A survey conducted with Arizona State University shows the levels of trauma experienced Arizona’s homeless youth in the home environment, on the street, or both:
- Childhood Physical abuse: 32.1
- Emotional Abuse: 45.9
- Raped/Molested age 12 or younger: 26.4
- Raped/Molested age 13-17 20.3
- History of Sex Trafficking 25.6
- Suicide Attempt: 22.3
- History of Self harm 44.3
- Medical Conditions 46.3
Of the 25.6% who report a history of sex trafficking, the percentage of each of these experiences is higher.
Approximately 36% report being LGBTQ, and many report being rejected by their families due to their sexual orientation. The percentage of LGBTQ youth who report a history of sex trafficking is 38%
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