Wednesday, December 12, 2007

How half are you?

Last week an article in the Times showed studies that claim violence in NYC has dropped by 20 percent in the last couple of years. But " violence is on the rise among NYC teens, with 10 percent of girls and 5 percent of boys reporting being raped or forced into sex by a partner." (

The increase in dating-related violence poses a possibly greater threat than violence in schools. Violence in relationships or abuse by someone you think you know and can trust can create life-long pshychological problems. These teens may grow up to be insecure, cautious, vulnerable, unhappy, and not trust others.

There are other problems rape or forced sex pose - pregnancy and transmission of STDs. The violence itself can be crippling to any person, but these long term effects can leave a person feeling completely destroyed by someone they thought they could trust.

It is great that violence of any kind has decreased but it has to be eliminated, not channeled to other sources. For those with violent behavior, proper control must be disciplined at an early age, mostly at school by teachers and counselors, so the victims of the violence don't have to suffer from an avoidable act.

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