Today, teens have rates of abuse and neglect that are as high as or higher than those of young children. To make matters worse, this abuse often comes from the hands of family members – the very people responsible for keeping them safe. Teenagers are often more vulnerable than they let on, masking the internal turmoil they’re experiencing. Find local programs helping to support these young people on their path toward understanding and recovery.
When teens and young adults are subjected to physical or psychological harm from a loved one, it can damage their self-esteem, emotional well-being and sense of safety. Prolonged exposure to abuse and neglect could lead to poor school performance, depression, anxiety, substance use and even suicide.Read more Emergency
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in Northeast Ohio, and young people in Stark County are especially vulnerable. Through child labor, prostitution and domestic servitude, many of our community’s youth are being exploited against their will for monetary gain. Fortunately, there is a network of local resources providing life-saving information and escape routes for survivors of human trafficking.Read more Emergency
Although they are growing, developing and learning to live on their own, young people in Stark County still need ongoing care to meet their mental, emotional and physical needs. Attention and acceptance are critical for adolescents to maintain their self-esteem, succeed in school and avoid risky behaviors that could jeopardize their futures. Find local resources…Read more
Physical abuse is more easily detected than emotional abuse because of the visible signs, such as bruises, burns and broken bones. Victims of abuse might even run away, stop going to school, use drugs and alcohol or start abusing others. Learn how to support a young person who has survived physical abuse.Read more Emergency
Every 98 seconds, someone experiences sexual assault. This could include actions such as harassment, rape or sexual violence. For a young person who has suffered sexual abuse, the effects can be long lasting, leading to physical, emotional and psychological harm. Find rape crisis services and sexual abuse support groups available in Stark County.Read more Emergency
Physical abuse can often be identified by external injuries such as bruises, burns and broken bones, while the signs of emotional abuse are often buried beneath the surface. If you suspect someone you love might be suffering from abuse or neglect, learn about the actions and behaviors to look for.Read more Emergency