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Report: Indiana Kids Face Struggles With Various Issues

A new report, released Monday, shows children in the state are struggling with various health, safety and education issues.

The Indiana Youth Institute issues the report every year, as part of a nationwide effort to study the well being of children.

Some of the negative statistics regarding the state's youth: The child abuse rate is still steadily increasing. One in 10 teenagers reports being sexually assaulted. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teenagers and young adults.

There are some improvements, with the number of homeless students decreasing for the first time in years. Also, school bullying is on the decline and more teenagers are enrolled in school or the workforce.

Tami Silverman, president of the Indiana Youth Institute, says the data is supposed to be used as a starting point.

"The data doesn't always give you the why. And we also know, one of the reasons we break it down by county is so that individual counties can start to have those conversations, because those underlying factors aren't the same for every single county," Silverman says.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation sponsors the nationwide data collection.

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