Children and Violence
by MoXv on December 25, 2017 - 10:38pm
Is the world getting more violent or less violent? In my opinion, violent cases are increasing in the world. It is because I often hear the news about child abuse, terrorism, violent crime of children and so on. I am especially interested in the last one, violent crime of children. The reason is that I have never come up with using violence when I was in trouble. I want to know why children tend to become violent. Is there anything that we can do for them? Let me think about it through this opportunity.
First of all, I will state about what kinds of violent behaviors there are. For example, threats, bullying, harm to animals, aggression toward others, explosive temper tantrums, and armed assault. According to Department of Justice study (2009), more than 60 percent of the children surveyed were exposed to violence within the past year either directly or indirectly. Furthermore, children are more likely to be exposed to violence and crime than adults are. According to the national survey of children’s exposure to violence in 2015, about half of the children had been assaulted during their childhood. There are some differences by gender. Male children are more likely to be victims of assault than females. In 2014, 56 percent of male children were assaulted in their childhood. In female children case, it was 47 percent. Females are likely to be sexually victimized. Ten percent of females were sexually victimized, compared to 7 percent of males. I think it is serious problem. The more children who are exposed to violence increase in the future, the more tragic the world will become.
I searched the number of violent cases of children in the world. In fact, the number is decreasing. Between 2008 and 2014, the percentage of children who had experienced a physical assault decreased from 46 to 37 percent. I did not predict this result. However, I think that no matter how many victimized children there are, it is more important to understand why they are exposed to violence and how to stop them.
There are several reasons why they are likely to be exposed to violence and crime. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry research studies (2015), they have concluded that a complex interaction or combination of factors leads to an increased risk of violent behavior in children and adolescents. Here I have an example case. On December 21th in Japan, three teenagers used violence on a man and they killed him by mistake. The man was kicked and punched badly. The murder suspects and the dead man were in financial trouble. We can say this complicated human relation caused this violent case (YAHOO Japan, 2017). In addition, sometimes parents may be related to violent behavior in children. Some children who have antisocial parents are likely to develop conduct disorder because of a hereditary, or genetic. This is just one of the reason. In my opinion, their parents have to be monitored as well. I think most of the adults treat the children’s violence as just a game. If we pay more attention to their behavior seriously, we might be able to decrease the number of victimized children, and protect them from horrible violence. Adults must not overlook their SOS signs.
In conclusion, the number of violent cases of children has been decreasing over the past few years. In the background, the Japanese government has taken some measures to prevent child abuse or to protect poor families actively. For example, there is an Orange ribbon campaign, which is a movement to protect children from violence. In addition, there are about 339 groups which provide support financially, and some groups support children’s studies all around Japan. These strategies have led to the decrease of the number of violent cases. However, there are still many children who are suffering from violence all over the world. I insist that it is the time to tackle the violent problem of children seriously. If we take an action now, the world will be brighter.
Department of Justice
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry