Facts on Abuse and Violence from The Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls, Cathy Schoen, M.S., The Commonwealth Fund, September 1997
Experience with abuse or violence during childhood or adolescence can affect one's health status through adulthood. Such violence can have a lifetime impact on physical and mental health, and often results in self-destructive behavior.
Findings from The Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls show a disturbingly high rate of abuse. One in five girls in grades nine through twelve report that they have been physically or sexually abused.