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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 23/30, 2021

Survey—Many High School Students Have Experienced Violence

JAMA. 2021;325(12):1136. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.2934

About half of high school students experienced at least 1 type of violence during the previous year, according to data from 9080 US students who participated in the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

The survey asked about 4 types of violence: physical fighting or being threatened with a weapon, physical dating violence, sexual violence, and bullying. Nearly 30% reported experiencing 1 type of violence in the last year, about 11% said they faced 2 types of violence, and about 5% were subjected to 3 or more types. Female students were almost twice as likely as male students to say they experienced 3 or more types of violence. Students who identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual were about 3 times as likely to report being subjected to 3 or more types of violence than heterosexual students. Students who were unsure of their sexual identity were about twice as likely as heterosexual students to say they experienced at least 3 types of violence.