A government study suggests that more than 60 percent of children in the U.S. are regularly exposed to violence.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – A survey from the Justice Department suggests that a majority of children in the U.S. are exposed to violence on a regular basis. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), department officials stated Wednesday that over 60 percent of kids who participated in the government sponsored survey were found to have been exposed to violence over the past year. However, some question the findings due to the possible grouping of major and minor incidents together.
James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminal justice professor, is quoted by the AP as stating of the results, “What concerns me when you hear numbers like this is that in their attempt to be inclusive, which is commendable, the definition of violence becomes so broad that the results lack real meaning… if you broaden the definition of violence so much, then most people will be included.”
Attorney General Eric Holder is quoted as stating of the results, “Those numbers are astonishing, and they are unacceptable… We simply cannot stand for an epidemic of violence that robs our youth of their childhood and perpetuates a cycle in which today’s victims become tomorrow’s criminals.”
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