Gangs: a�?A national study by the Home Office estimates that approximately 6 percent of all boys and girls aged 10 to 19 a�� or around 50,000 people a�� are members of gangs.a�?
Dysfunctional Homes: a�?The a�?big cause,a�� Mr. Blair said, lay with alienated youths from dysfunctional families living outside a�?any canons of proper behaviora�� a�� a phenomenon affecting most modern societies in the developed world.a�? (UKa��s Cameron: Will Mend Broken Society after the Riots)
Prostitution: a�?New child-sex-trafficking research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker. According to this research, 45% of child prostitutes in New York are boys.a�?
Human Trafficking: a�?A staggering 46% of all trafficking in the United States feed prostitution. The average age of beginning in prostitution in the US is 13.a�? (Stop Child Slavery).
Pedophilia: a�?One of every seven victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement were under age 6.a�? (CPIU)
Substance Abuse: a�?Of the 83,000 school pupils questioned for the report, results revealed that 4% of 12 year olds are regularly consuming 28 units of alcohol every week – the equivalent of drinking 19 glasses of wine per week.a�? (BBC)
Depression: a�?At any point in time, 1 in every 10 children and adolescents are affected by serious emotional disturbances.a�? (http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov)
Risk-Taking Behavior: a�?The 2007 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicated that over a thirty day span, 29.1% of high school students surveyed had ridden in a car with a driver who had been drinking alcohol and 18% had carried a weapon. Over a 12 month span, 6.9% of high school students had attempted suicide, 75% had drunk alcohol, and 47.8% had sexual intercourse.a�? (www.cdc.gov)
a�?Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, among this age group, suicide accounts for 12.3% of all deaths. In 2007, 6.9% of high school student surveyed through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicated they had attempted suicide in the last 12 months, and 14.5% had seriously considered attempting suicide.a�? (www.cdc.gov)
Rising Dropout Rate: a�?Nearly 6.2 million students in the United States between the ages of 16 and 24 in 2007 dropped out of high school.a�? (CNN)
One of the main causes for children taking the wrong path is simply a growing lack of purpose in life.