Pat Robertson, ignoring the reality of teen suicide, says the popular and decades-old role playing game Dungeons & Dragons is “demonic,” and links it to the increasing rate of teen suicide.
While teen suicide is both tragic and increasing — the CDC reports approximately 4600 lives of those aged 10 and 24 are lost each year — Robertson is wholly wrong about Dungeons & Dragons, and everything else he cites.
“The top three methods used in suicides of young people include firearm (45%), suffocation (40%), and poisoning (8%),” the CDC reports — not “death by cars,” or bulimia or anorexia, which Robertson mentions. Those of course may contribute to suicide rates, but if Robertson, who claims to be “pro-family” and concerned about America’s youth, wants to actually open a national conversation about teen suicide — which he and all of us should — it’s important to actually look at facts — and not blame straw men, like Dungeons & Dragons.
Robertson is the author of many books, like Miracles Can Be Yours Today.
If you’re an LGBTQ youth or teen and considering suicide, please visit the Trevor Project.
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