Guest Author - Jenny Vasquez
Youth violence is a growing concern worldwide. The Center for Disease Control in the United States has begun tracking and publishing youth violence data. The CDC has made youth violence in the United States a matter of public health. In addition, the World Health Organization is tracking youth violence in many countries as the problem continues to increase around the world.
The global statistics indicate on average 565 children and young adults die each day as the result of youth violence. This equates to approximately 200,000 deaths among the age group of 10 and 29 years old. In addition, this number is based on documented statistics for the year 2000. As new data is currently being compiled, this number will be much higher.
The above information is derived from youth violence that resulted in death. The number of violent acts that did not result in death is significantly higher. This rising violence among youths is a global concern and the statistical information available is only from countries that report information to the World Health Organization.
There are many reasons attributed to this growing violence. While poverty and gangs contribute greatly, the media and youth peer groups also influence children. We have all seen videos posted on the Internet showing a group of young girls beating a victim. This violence has taken bullying to a new level.
Recently, in the United States we have seen several news stories in which severe bullying resulted in the suicides of several children. Similar stories have been reported in several countries. These needless deaths have drawn attention to a problem of youth violence, which has been steadily on the rise since 1994.
The youth violence in some countries has increased over 100 percent. Children as young as 10 years old are committing murder. Sadly, many of these children demonstrate little or no remorse. It is predicted most of these children and young adults will continue their violent path well into adulthood.
This growing global issue will affect many lives including the family of the perpetrator and victim. This issue requires our attention and we must wonder what kind of world we have created that has incited so much anger in our children.