Your Tax Dollars Pay for the Costs of Youth Victimization.

The cost for NOT preventing the symptoms of bullying is incredibly high.  This is true whether you believe your child is affected or not.  It is true even if you don’t have children.  Why?  Because the United States spends money every year on programs required to treat symptoms of bullying behavior.  The costs for these programs are transferred to you, as taxpayers.   The break down of related costs are as follows:

Violence

The United States spends an estimated $425 billion in direct and indirect costs of violence each year.
The cost of youth violence in the US, has been estimated at $158 billion each year . School violence costs $7.9 billion per year.

School Drop Outs

The economic impact of school drop outs related to school violence ranges between $6.482 billion and $32.414 billion each year. That is equivalent to 4.6% of the United States annual Gross Domestic Product.

Mental Health Costs for Youth

Students who are bullied experience problems with stress, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.  The total estimated economic costs of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders among youth in the United States is approximately $247 billion per year.

Cost of Domestic Violence

Studies have shown that bullying behavior is related to domestic violence.   The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.

Cost of Child Abuse

Bullying behavior is also correlated with child abuse.  Child abuse costs the United States $118 billion.

Cost of Bullying at Work

An average Fortune 500 company spends $16 million on turn over costs, and $225,000 to $1.4 million on litigation costs, due to bullying.

Cost of Youth Alcohol Abuse

Youth who are bullied are more likely to abuse alcohol than those who are not.  Youth alcohol abuse costs the nation $89.5 billion annually

Substance Abuse Costs

As with alcohol, victimized students are more likely to use substances.  The annual total estimated societal cost of substance abuse in the United States is $510.8 billion per year.

More students are afraid of being victims at school than anywhere else.