Why Support Monarch’s Way?
The modern girl and her journey through teenhood often have high hopes that can quickly and easily lead to depths of devastation and destruction. Young girls across America and in our communities are struggling and dying from life-controlling issues. Eating disorders, self-harm, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancies.
The statistics are alarming – But they are not hopeless. We believe the underlying causes of these issues, the traumas that have influenced the behaviors, can be healed and new ways of living and responding to life can be obtained. There is hope! There is Freedom!
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the world for those aged 10-24.
The average age a teen is trafficked in the sex trade in the US is 12-14. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
Each day in the USA alone, there is an average of over 3,000 attempts by young individuals, grades 9-12. When these percentages are tabulated with the suicide rates and suicide attempts from grades 7 and 8, the numbers rise exponentially.
More than a third of adolescents with a statement of abuse or neglect will have a substance use disorder before their 18th birthday, three times as likely as those without a report of abuse or neglect.
Six in ten women in state prisons report having experienced physical or sexual abuse in the past; for many, the violation occurred before age 18.
Two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse report having a history of abuse or neglect as children.