A nonfamily abduction occurs when a nonfamily perpetrator takes a child by the use of physical force or threat of bodily harm or detains a child for at least 1 hour in an isolated place by the use of physical force or threat of bodily harm without lawful authority or parental permission; or when a child whois younger than 15 years old or is mentally incompetent, with-out lawful authority or parental permission, is taken or detained by or voluntarily accompanies a nonfamily perpetrator who conceals the child’s whereabouts, demands ransom, or expresses the intention to keep the child permanently.
Stranger kidnapping victimizes more females than males, occurs primarily at outdoor locations, victimizes both teenagers and school-age children, is associated with sexual assaults in the case of girl victims and robberies in the case of boy victims (although not exclusively so), and is the type of kidnapping most likely to involve the use of a firearm.
Only about one child out of each 10,000 missing children reported to the local police is not found alive. However, about 20 percent of the children reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in nonfamily abductions are not found alive.
In 80 percent of abductions by strangers, the first contact between the child and the abductor occurs within a quarter mile of the child's home.
Most potential abductors grab their victims on the street or try to lure them into their vehicles. About 74 percent of the victims of nonfamily child abduction are girls.
For teenagers, there is a particularly increased risk of developing an alcohol use disorder. Teenage brains are still in relatively early stages of development, compelling young men and women to act more impulsively and to test the boundaries of safe and acceptable behavior. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry writes that the regions of the brain responsible for problem-solving, decision-making, and judgment are not fully formed in teenagers, which manifests itself in behaviors like promiscuous and unprotected sexual behavior, rebelling against authority, and substance abuse. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, more than 4,700 people die every year as a result of teenage alcohol use.
Over 50 percent of American youths between the ages of 12 to 20 have tried alcohol, but their young age, encouragement from peers, and still-developing brains increase the chances of developing a dependence on alcohol, especially if there are environmental and mental health risk factors present, such as a bad home situation, stress related to school and social life, etc. The American Psychological Association points out that teenagers in school report levels of stress that are equal to or even higher than those reported by adults. While most adults have the perspective and experience to control their drinking habits, even among friends, teenagers tend to lack such structures at their age.
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