Many youth experience trauma and MST is prepared to respond
There is no debating that the number of young people in the United States who have been exposed to traumatic events is far too high. Although estimates vary, it is believed that the prevalence of such events in the general youth population is substantial. In one nationally representative survey of 9-to-16-year-olds, 25 percent reported having been subjected to at least one disturbing incident, according to Dr. Josephine Hawke of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. For youth involved with the juvenile justice system, exposure to traumatic events is believed to be higher than that of community samples of similarly aged kids. One study found that more than 90 percent of juvenile detainees reported having experienced at least one traumatic episode.