If you or someone you know needs resources or support related to sexual violence, contact the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s 24/7 hotline at 800-871-7741.
The U.S. CDC is reporting a marked increase in teen sexual violence since it began monitoring the measure a decade ago.
The report released Monday found that nearly 15 percent of teen girls say they’ve been forced to have sex — an increase of 27 percent over two years.
The executive director of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Elizabeth Ward Saxl, says national statistics are consistent with what’s happening in Maine.
“Actually, about 50 percen of the calls to Maine Sexual Assault Helpline are about experiences of sexual violence by people who are under 18, and the majority of those being girls,” says Saxl.
The report also found that nationally, nearly one in three high school girls reported that they seriously considered suicide. Saxl says there’s a strong correlation between sexual violence and suicidal ideation.
This story appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.