of sex trafficking survivors are from fatherless homes
Children with a father in the home are 50% less likely to suffer from abuse and neglect
Girls with a father in the home are 6 times less likely to get pregnant as a teen
Children with a father in the home are 40% less likely for a child to smoke, drink, or use drugs
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Dads play a significant role in anti-trafficking. A dad’s active presence in a child’s life is proven to significantly reduce that child’s vulnerability to crime, ill health, poverty, and mental illness. When dads are absent or uninvolved in the lives of their children, those children are significantly more likely to face challenges.
At the Institute for Shelter Care we believe that Dads Make the Difference and their involvement in the lives of their daughters can stem the epidemic of sexual exploitation. Statistics show that 70% of exploited women grew up without a father in the home. So, we challenge all dads to make a difference and be present in your child’s life.
“The greatest insulation a girl has against being exploited is a healthy relationship with her father.”
– Jeanne Allert, Ph.D.,
Executive Director, Institute for Shelter Care
Children with the father in the home are:
- ½ as likely to suffer from abuse and neglect
- 40% less likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs
- ½ as likely to drop out of school
- 3x less likely to have early intercourse
- 6x less likely to get pregnant as a teen
Children who feel a closeness to their father are:
- 75% less likely to have a teen birth
- 80% less likely to spend time in jail
- ½ as likely to experience multiple depression symptoms.
- Daughters are less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior
Sources: Fatherhood.org; Green, B., Davis, C., Clark, T., Quinn, C., & Cryer-Coupet, Q. (2014), Father Involvement, dating violence, and sexual risk behaviors among a national sample of adolescent females. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, http://jlv.sagepub.com/.
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