Violence Is The Enemy Of Youth

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Violence is the enemy of youth. “Violence by young people is one of the most visible forms of violence. Both fatal and nonfatal assaults involving young people, contribute greatly to the global burden of premature death, injury and disability” (Woodward). Over the years, teen violence has become an increasing problem in the United States. Year after year, since the 1990’s teen violence and gang involvement has escalated and has remained high ever since. This may include shootings, hurting innocent people, homicides, rape, and suicide. This cruelty does not side with hurting other people, but hurting yourself as well. What do the elements contributing to suicide suggest about its involvement with other acts of youth violence? On a more academic term, “interpersonal violence” is defined as “the intentional use of physical or mental force of power, threatened or actual, against another person, group or community that results in or has a likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation” (Dahlberg & Krug). “In 2000, an estimated 190,000 youth murders took place globally, equivalent to 565 children and teens aged 10-28 years dying on average as a result of interpersonal violence” (WHO). The consistency of the definition is important in order to monitor the incidence of youth violence, examine trends over time and the comparing of violence over time. Suicide has just as much of an impact as homicide does, whether it is yourself or others,…
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