Gangs Two major ways gangs are hurting America. Their corrupting our youth and promoting violence .
Gangs • 24,500 gangs in the U.S
Gangs • 750,000 gang members in 2000 and 2007
Gangs • One Million gang members in 2009
Gangs • 90,000 boys are in some kind of detention facility, work camp, residential placement or correctional facility. 9 out of 10 boys in detention have some level of gang affiliation
Gangs • 86% of those cities with at least 100,000 people report gang activity.
Gangs • There are approximately 360,000 teenage boys and 32,000 teenage girls in gangs
Gangs • There are somewhere around 560,000 adult males and 48,000 adult females in gangs
Gangs • 15% of juveniles in prison are female and 85% are male
WHAT ARE THE FACTORS THAT LEAD TO GANG INVOLVEMENT • School Failure and Truancy • No involvement in positive activities outside of school • Friends and peers who are delinquent • Early involvement in petty theft and behavioral disorders in grade school • Low Income
Gangs • There are around 32,000 teenage female gang members
Gangs • 70% of teenagers in jail report having been sexually abused or victimized as children.
Some Risk For Teenage Girls In Gangs • School failure and learning disabilities: One out of three girls in gangs have been in special education • Lack of involvement in positive activities in or out of school • Sexual abuse and victimization • Family dysfunction • Low Income • Early drug use and sexual activity • Emotional disorders • Exposure to violence
Gangs • Black/African-American Gang members: Are made up of 31% or about 310,000
Gangs • Hispanic Gang members: 47% or about 470,000
Gangs • Gangs are the cause of 80% of violence and crime.
Gangs • The reason most teen gang members commit violence is because they most likely see it at home , in the movies, in video games, or on the street, and by there older gang members.
Gangs • Teens get told by there older friends that if they join a gang there have a family to protect them. That’s how most teenagers join a gang.
Gangs • One-fourth of gang members are aged 15-17
Gangs • A gang member is 60 times more likely to experience death by homicide than the general population
Warning signs • Sudden changes in clothing worn by your teen, especially if it involves wearing the same color schemes all the time. • Changes in who your teen's friends are. • Loss of interest in family activities • Having money, with no job • Having trouble with the police and other authority figures
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