BEST KEPT SECRET
November 26, 2012
Why is Best Kept Secret: Stop the Violence important? Our children are killing each other at alarming rates. In 2002, more than 877,700 young people ages 10 to 24 were injured from violent acts. Approximately 1 in 13 required hospitalization (CDC 2004).In 2001, 5,486 young people ages 10 to 24 were murdered, an average of 15 each day (CDC 2004). In 2001, 79% of homicide victims ages 10 to 24 were killed with firearms (CDC 2004).Teen Violence causes, incidence, and risk factors. Homicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24 overall. In this age group, it is the leading cause of death for African-Americans, the second leading cause of death for Hispanics, and the third leading cause of death for American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Asian Pacific Islanders (Anderson and Smith 2003). Virginia ranked highest of all states for number of students expelled for firearms violations in the 2002-03 school year and second highest in 2003-04.Causes of Youth Violence as perceived by youth. According to interviews with youth in the nation's most violent neighborhoods, conducted by the National Campaign to Stop Violence, run by Washington, D.C. attorney Dan Callister, with support from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jack Anderson, and financial support from the Kuwait-America Foundation, the top three causes of youth violence are: 1.The Media 2.Substance Abuse 3.gangs We need to Stop The Violence! Youth Violence Information and Analysis. According to Pedro Noguera, currently the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, in his study “Reducing and Preventing Youth Violence” written while at the University of California, Berkeley, there is no single cause of youth violence that can be isolated and acted upon. The following is a summary of some of his findings.1. Youth Violence as a Cultural Phenomenon: Our society glorifies and is entertained by violence even though we are disgusted by child abuse or crimes against our older citizens. At the same time, we admire and honor anyone in sports or the military that are paid to overcome their opponents or defeat their enemies. Violent images bombard our everyday life through media, our metaphoric language and even through our collective sense of the United States as the “most powerful nation on earth.
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