Homeless Youth Face High Rape or Assault Rate

LGBT Youth Population
Disproportionately Homeless

Homeless Youth Face High Rape or Assault RateA recent study has found that:

  • 60% of homeless youth have been raped or assaulted
  • 37% of the youth surveyed were LGBT and
  • 1/3 of the youth were white.

This study confirms previous research finding that rejection by parents or caregivers is the most common reason for youth homelessness.

At an event in Washington, DC that commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Homeless and Runaway Youth Act, Cyndi Lauper, singer and co-founder of True Colors Fund, which works to end youth homelessness said:

“’No young person deserves to experience homelessness, especially because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, which is why we must stand with them to help them live the happy and healthy lives they do deserve.”

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln study was funded by the Administration for Children & Families.

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Click here for coverage in the Huffington Post.