Bullying, conflict and homelessness are wreaking havoc in the lives of disadvantaged children, according to this report by the NSW Advocate.
Sarah’s story is just one of thousands: on any given night in Australia, 26,000 young people aged 12 to 25 are homeless; 60 per cent of homeless people in Australia are aged under 35.
A landmark study has found homeless youth experience unemployment at more than nine times the national average, further fuelling calls for the federal government to outline a plan to address the tens of thousands of young people who find themselves homeless each year.
I had my first internet boyfriend when I was 12. We met on Neopets, where we would swap rainbow paint brushes and write filthy messages about what we wanted to do to each other.