Girl Gangs. Lee-Ann Liles 264 Tween Materials 06.29.2012. Statistics:. The average age of a female gang member is 24 years. The average recruitment age for girl s is 10. There are very few all girl gangs. Only 2% of all gangs are female only.
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The average recruitment age for girlsis 10.
Gangs are more active in smaller cities and rural counties. Every city in the U.S. with at least 250,000 people has gang activity.
Girl gangs are not a new phenomena but have been overlooked for their male counterparts or have not been taken seriously until recently.Their membership has been documented since the 1800’s but has escalated to new heights in the past 20 years.
Girl gangs were once thought to be dependent on their male counterparts, acting as “bait” for other gangs.They were recently found to be a separate entity with the ability to gain their own status in the community. Girls can organize their own gangs, display masculine behavior, carry guns and commit violent and illegal acts.
Girls in gangs make their gender more masculine through male associated dress. ie. Dark clothing and hoodies. They minimize their sexual attributes through their dress, speech and behavior and become more socially invisible in a gang.
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