There is a Boy Crisis in America and We Need to Recognize it and Act On It

For Immediate Release

May 8, 2019

Contact: Alexey Chandler

Phone: (718) 816-2198

Staten Island Borough President and Award-Winning Author Warren Farrell, Ph.D., will discuss the revelations in his new book, ‘The Boy Crisis’; Will Announce the Creation of a Borough Hall Council on Boys and Men; Call on the Federal Government to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men

STATEN ISLAND, NY –Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo will join with Dr. Warren Farrell, co-author of The Boy Crisis, to discuss the Boy Crisis in America and the need for a Borough Hall Council on Boys and Men. Staten Island will become the first government agency attending to the ways we can prevent the boy crisis, with the ultimate goal of creating a White House Council on Boys and Men. 

Dr. Farrell is a former board member of the National Organization for Women, and who in 2009 was invited by President Barack Obama to be a leading adviser of what was planned to be a White House Council on Girls and Women. According to Dr. Farrell, “the boy crisis resides where dads do not reside,” and that it was dad-deprived boys behind the vast majority of mass shootings, crimes, and ISIS recruits.

There are 70 different metrics which demonstrate the undeniable truth that a boy crisis exists in America:

  • Between the ages of 10 and 14, boys commit suicide at almost twice the rate as girls.
  • Between the ages of 15 and 19, boys commit suicide at four times the rate of girls.
  • Between the ages of 22 and 24, male suicide is five and six times that of females.
  • More black boys between the ages of 10 and 20 are killed by homicide than by the next nine leading causes of death combined.
  • While the rate of obesity amongst adolescent girls has stabilized, the rate for boys is increasing.
  • Young men have gone from 61 percent obtaining a college degree to a projected 39 percent.
  • Our sons are twice as likely as our daughters to be killed by accident.
  • We are less likely to read to our sons.
  • Women constitute 75 percent of those who seek professional help to prevent suicide; men constitute 75 percent of those who actually do commit suicide.
  • Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.
  • A third of boys are raised in father-absent homes.
  • In 1920, American males lived on average only one year less than females; today it is five years less.

WHO: Borough President James S. Oddo, Dr. Warren Farrell, co-author of The Boy Crisis, and community stakeholders

WHAT: Announcement of Staten Island Council on Men and Boys and Call on the Federal Government to create a White House Council on Boys and Men

WHEN: Thursday, May 9th at 11:30am

WHERE: Staten Island Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Room 125

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To arrange an interview with Dr. Farrell, please contact Kevin McVicker at Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or kmcvicker@sbpublicaffairs.com.

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