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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does the suicide victimization rate vary by gender or race/ethnicity?
A: The suicide rate for male youth was much higher than the rate for females, and the rate for American Indian/Alaskan Native youth was higher than the rates of other race groups.
The suicide rate is per 100,000 youth ages 10-17.

* Excludes persons of Hispanic ethnicity.

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  • After falling to its lowest level in 2007, the suicide victimization rate among youth ages 10-17 more than doubled through 2018, to reach its highest level since at least 1990, then declined 10% through 2019.
  • Like the overall trend, suicide victimization rates for males and females both reached a lowpoint in 2007, down 43% and 41%, respectively, from their 1990 level. Since 2007, however, the rate increased for both to reach a peak in 2018, but the relative increase in the female rate outpaced that of males (182% vs 108%). Both rates declined in the last year, 13% for males and 4% for females.
  • The annual risk of suicide was highest for American Indian/Alaskan Native youth each year since 1990. In 2019, the American Indian/Alaskan Native suicide rate was nearly three times the rate for white youth, and more than 4 times the rate for black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic youth.
  • Between 2015 and 2019, suicide was the leading cause of death for Asian/Pacific Islander youth ages 10-17, the second leading cause of death for white, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Hispanic youth, and the third leading cause of death for black youth.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02706.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on April 16, 2021.

Data source: Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC. WISQARS (Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) [interactive database system]. Online. Available: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html

 

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