Every day, young women across the country are desperately struggling with debilitating life-controlling issues – usually more than one. Many of them have lost all hope of freedom.
- 1 in 3 young women is sexually abused before age 18. (RAINN 2011)
- 1 in 5 young women struggles with an eating disorder. (National Institute of Mental Health 2010)
- Each year 1 in 5 females self-harm. (Gluck, Samantha. “Self Injury, Self Harm Statistics and Facts.” Healthy Place. 2013.)
- 34% of girls in America get pregnant at least once before age 20. There are 750,000 teen pregnancies each year with 59% ending in birth. 82% of teen pregnancies are unplanned. (Guttmacher Institute 2011)
- At least 100,000 American children are victims of child prostitution annually; some estimate the number is as high as 300,000. (Ernie Allen, from National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
- For young people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death. (CDC 2010)
These hurting young women often spend years in and out of treatment centers, costing their families thousands of dollars. They are told over and over again that there is no hope for them . . . and despair easily overtakes their lives. Girls are literally dying in darkness; lives need to be saved.
The situation is serious, but it is not hopeless! God has called Mercy to respond to the need by providing a free-of-charge, Christ-centered residential program that helps young women find freedom from life-controlling issues and embrace hope for the future. We also offer a variety of resources, programs and conferences to help educate, equip and empower family members, friends and church leadership. Lasting freedom is possible!