Victimization looks different for each young person. Vulnerable young people come from every race, gender, and sexuality, and they may not even realize they are in need of support. Because vulnerabilities are driven by economic insecurity and social isolation, LGBTQ+, Black and Brown, and youth from low wealth communities are most likely to experience violence and abuse. The good news is, by working towards systems change we can stop the cycle of abuse, and with the right guidance and services, victimized youth can become successful adults with bright futures.
Many circumstances put young people at a great risk of being victimized, and there are often red flags that may indicate someone is a victim of youth exploitation or abuse.
Circumstances that make trauma-exposed youth more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse include:
youthSpark is here to help direct you to, and determine which valuable resources are best for your situation. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you know someone that might need help.
It’s important to note that youthSpark isn’t a 24-hour facility and doesn’t provide residential services. If you need assistance helping a vulnerable child after hours, please contact:
National Human Trafficking Hotline 888.373.7888 or text HELP to 233733