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Homeless, Runaway & Throwaway Youth: Sexual Victimization and the Consequences of Life on the Street
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Homelessness among young people is a serious and complex issue. On any given night, the National Runaway Switchboard estimates that there are approximately 1.3 million homeless, throwaway, and runaway youth living unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, in shelters, transitional housing, with friends, or with strangers. The problem of homeless youth should be viewed as a social justice issue with its underlying roots based in all forms of oppression (including racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, ageism and able-bodism), victimization, poverty and limited access to needed and necessary resources. (Author)
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