Violence in Our Society

Violence is a big issue in our society. Every minute many various crimes occur. These are some statistics on crime: every five minutes one rape occurs, one physical attack occurs every twenty- nine seconds, one- armed robbery occurs every fifty-four seconds, and one murder occurs about every twenty-four minutes. One of these acts occurs every 18 seconds. These statistics are very shocking to me. Some people blame this violence on television. By the time teens are 18 years old, most of them have viewed 200,000 acts of violence on television. These programs glamorize violence and may mislead people to believe that violence is a good way to settle disagreements. Others blame the problem on the breakdown of the family, the decline in moral values, and the availability of weapons. Whatever people think the cause of violence is, there are many things that can lead to it.

Some main causes of violence are: prejudice, possession of weapons, peer pressure, drugs, and anger. Anger: Anger isn't a problem at all. People just have to learn how to control their temper. These are some tips: Count to ten before you say or do anything, Talk to someone you trust about your feelings, Exercise to get rid of some of your pent-up feelings. Prejudice: An irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their characteristics. Prejudice may lead to a hate crime, which is a crime committed against someone because he or she is part of a particular group. Possession of weapons: As anger increases during a dispute, a weapon might be used as an easy solution. Peer pressure: Many teens want to be accepted in a group and that group may put that person in a situation where they have to go against their values. Drugs: Drug abuse makes people act unpredictable in dangerous ways.

In the past, conflicts usually led to shouting or maybe a fistfight, but today conflicts may end in tragedy. Violence is much more serious and random than in the past. Even if you're not involved in violence directly you may be caused trauma in lawsuits or as a witness. Everyone is a victim of violence, directly or indirectly. In order to solve the problem, our community needs to work together.

There is also violence in schools. Violence in schools may not always be physical, but it is a problem. 4.5 percent of students have felt too unsafe to go to school in the past month. 8.4 percent of students have been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property within the past year. 34.9 percent of students have had property deliberately damaged or stolen within the past year. Some things are being done about violence in schools. Some schools have random locker searches, metal detectors, and campus roaming security guards. Some also have a violence prevention group that students with problems can use to find better solutions to their problems rather than start a fight.

Another type of violence in our society is abuse. Any kind of abuse is the physical, emotional, or mental mistreatment of another person. There are four kinds of abuse: physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect. Many things cause people to be abusive. History of being abused, drug abuse, unemployment or poverty, illness, divorce, feelings of worthlessness, lack of parenting skills, inability to deal with anger, and lack of communication and coping skills. If you've been abused, tell someone you trust so that they may help solve the problem. Many abused children don't feel like telling anyone. They feel like it's their fault, but abuse is never the victims fault. Getting help is important because the effects of abuse are long lasting.

Even though things are being done about violence, you still need to be aware of your surroundings. Don't look like an easy target. Stand up straight and walk with a confident stride. If someone bothers you, use direct eye contact and a forceful voice and say, "Leave me alone," or shout, "Fire!" If someone attacks you, get away in any way that you can. If you're being abused, tell someone. Violence is something that we need to work together to stop.

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