One in three teenage girls are afraid of being followed by a stranger, and one in four boys are worried they will be assaulted says new research from The Children’s Society and University of York.
The latest annual Good Childhood Report looks into the lives and happiness of teenagers across the UK by surveying 3,000 young people aged 10 – 17.
This year, research revealed that ‘fear of crime’ is the top concern, with 2.2 million teens citing it as a problem.
One teenage girl interviewed by the charity talked about her experiences in her local neighbourhood. ‘[They’re] blowing kisses, men beeping, standing asking [your] age, whistling, shouting, stopping vans next to you, asking for [your] number’.
A 13 year old boy said, ‘You’ve got to fight to survive in this area. You have to stick up for yourself the whole time’.
By 2020, there will be a predicted £2 billion funding gap for children’s services, meaning that young people will have fewer places to turn when they find themselves at risk.
The Children’s Society are calling for more government funding to help young people before they hit crisis point. You can help by signing the petition.
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