Violence takes effect on teens

Violence takes effect on teens

Jordyn Thompson

When a person thinks of violence they don’t always necessarily think about the depth of how it can impact a single person.
Each year far too many teens commit acts of violence and their victims are also other teens. Although the media tends to focus on mass shootings and burglary, youth violence has also  many other ranges such as bullying, cyber bullying, threatening remarks,physical fights, assaults with or without weapons, sexual assault, gang violence and suicide In 2014 UC Berkeley Sociology Student Meghan was one of the 31 Berkeley students to report her sexual assault and wasn’t fully represented. As an advocate, Warner worries about the current debate over campus sexual assault in the news media. She told US & World News,
“When the media make mistakes it does hurt activism and advocacy in terms of what the public thinks (about sexual assault),” Warner said. “It gives anyone who thinks we’re lying evidence — or what they think is evidence — that we’re blowing this issue out of proportion.”
A lot of people figure  violence and risky behavior occurs imore between new adults; however, it can cover a wider range than expected. This idea was introduced by Joe Veasman, Missouri State Patrol.
“Domestic violence covers every demographic from infants to the elderly. It is hard to say who is more commonly targeted,”Veasman said.
What most people don’t always think about the effects on teenagers who have experienced violence in their life . Not just from other teens but also domestic violence or sexual abuse that may occur in a teen’s life.
Whether its bullying or abuse, they’re just little key components of other violence happening.
Her bedroom of white painted walls with numerous string lights hanging and a mirror with self esteem quotes written. Freshman,Amiah Terrana was bullied for her actions and who she hung out with. She was judged and her self esteem plummeted.
“ I remember not ever wanting to come to school in eighth grade because it had gotten so bad. No one I don’t think ever realizes that damages of bullying can do to someone,” said Terrana. Terrana now faces high school with anxiety .  Terrana has been in one fight recently that’s caused her more problems.
More than one in sixth tenth graders say they are bullied sometimes, and more than one in 12  say they are bullied once a week or more. Many cases of violence such as bullying aren’t always taken seriously until it’s too late.
Although there are serious implications of the effects to violence on children and families, psychologists are really finding the magnitude of the problem.
In  Louisiana State University Medical Center, Joy D. Osofsky researched violence exposure.
The high rates of violence for children growing up was well documented. In a survey of 6th, 8th and 10th graders in New Haven, 40 percent reported witnessed at least one violent crime in the past year. Almost all of the 8th graders knew someone who had been killed.
Another survey from Boston’s hospital based pediatric clinic in Boston, Massachusetts  indicated that one out of every 10 children under the age of six reported having witnessed a shooting or stabbing in their community.
Adults  also are impacted by traumatic experiences and violence as well like domestic abuse, or sexual assault.
 Violence and traumatic abuses are always just about the physical bruises.
Post traumatic stress disorder is a clinical response to violence exposure. This disorders is recognized as a condition that occurs in children as well as in adults. Children and adults who were exposed to violence and live in violent environments generally shows signs of PTSD and other disorders such as depression and anxiety (Pynoos,1993).
Safe homes and neighborhoods for families need to be created and maintained.
The efforts  of both communities and law enforcement agencies are required to make neighborhoods, schools and public areas safe so children and adults are dealing with the impacts of violence in their lives.
Besides PTSD, children and teens that have gone through trauma often have other types of problems. Much of what we know about the effects of trauma on children comes from the research on child sexual abuse. Research shows that sexually abused children often have problems with
Fear, worry, sadness, anger, feeling alone and apart from others, feeling as if people are looking down on them, low self-worth, and not being able to trust others
Behaviors such as aggression, out-of-place sexual behavior, self-harm, and abuse of drugs or alcohol.
“ Seeing violence around me and dealing with it, makes me worried for my two daughters that are still young and growing up. The amount of violence that occurs in the world today could make a huge impact on someone’s life.” said Veasman.  
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