Thinktank Demos will publish a report this Friday showing that twice as many girls are suffering from 'teenage angst' as boys, according to this report in last weekend's Observer. A quote from the report: 'Julia Margo, deputy director of Demos, said the thinktank's report, Through the Looking Glass, provided evidence of an ever-increasing number of reasons for teenage girls in Britain to worry. "Twice as many girls in the UK are suffering 'teen angst' compared with boys, and it is getting worse," she said. "The happiness of girls in Britain has declined slightly over the last three years, but teenage girls' unhappiness and anxiety has grown considerably. Growing up has always been tough, but our research shows that this generation of teenagers has more reason to wallow and fret than previous generations. It is definitely tougher to grow up in Britain as a girl, and it is harder having to do it now than it has been in recent years." '
This follows warnings last week from the director of public prosecution, Keir Starmer, that the group of people most at risk from domestic violence are girls between the ages of 16 and 19. This report in the Guardian is an interesting read, showing what many girls have to put up with and what agencies are doing to help. Restored, Tearfund's new initiative to mobilise the church to address domestic violence, are working on a resource on domestic violence to use with young people. Is anyone aware of any other initiatives from Christians to tackle this problem?