Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC) – According to a new survey, the number of kids being affected by violence may be worse than imagined.
For a survey published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers questioned more than 4,500 children and teenagers 17 and under.
The study indicates that 40 percent of US children and adolescents were victims of physical violence in the past year.
More than 10 percent suffered serious injury.
The violence included:
- Assault with and without weapons
- Attempted or completed kidnapping
- Dating violence
- Bias attacks
According to the survey, 2 percent of young people sustained sexual assault or abuse in the past year – almost 11 percent of girls 14 to 17 did so.
In addition, almost 14 percent of youngsters experience repeated violence from a caregiver.
The authors call for more intense tracking of children’s exposure to violence.