According to a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI Sep16′),”There were an estimated 1,197,704 Violent Crimes…an unprecedented 3.9% increase since 2014.”
While the processing of Background checks is “good business”, we would prefer to see a reduction in crime and safer streets.
In the coming months, we will be launching a broader platform of safety information, violence reduction techniques, and articles by experts– in the fields of psychology, sociology, sports, and education– who study the various elements of violence.
Internet usage amongst teens has hit the highest usage rate, ever. We take time this month to focus on teen conduct over the internet, whether it be bullying, hazing, harassment, intimidation or menacing which can be just as damaging via electronic forms.
“Cyberbullying” means bullying by use of any electronic communication device through means including, but not limited to, e-mail, instant messaging, text messages, blogs, mobile phones, pagers, online games and websites. Bullying includes conduct which constitutes hazing, harassment, intimidation and menacing
“Hazing” includes, but is not limited to, any act that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health, physical health or safety of an [individual] for the purpose of initiation or as a condition or precondition of attaining membership in, or affiliation with, any group or organization activity such as, forced consumption of any drink, alcoholic beverage, drug or controlled substance, forced exposure to the elements, forced prolonged exclusion from social contact, sleep deprivation or any other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental or physical health or safety of a individual or that requires or encourages, authorizes or permits another to be subjected to wearing or carrying any obscene or physically burdensome article, assignment of pranks to be performed or other such activities intended to be degrading or humiliating.
“Harassment” includes, but is not limited to, any act which subjects an individual or group to unwanted, abusive behavior of a nonverbal, verbal, written or physical nature on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, academic interest, relative academic success, sexual orientation, physical characteristic, cultural background, or socioeconomic status.
“Intimidation” includes, but is not limited to, any threat or act intended to tamper with, damage or interfere with another’s property, cause substantial inconvenience, subject another to offensive physical contact or inflict serious physical injury on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.
“Menacing” includes, but is not limited to, any act intended or which reasonably may be expected to place a individual in fear of imminent serious physical injury.
To begin, we invite you to visit the Violence Reduction Network, an effort by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to insert itself into the community and establishing a needs analysis for different neighborhoods
Furthermore, we hope you will watch “The Mask you Live In, a broad based documentary following boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating Americas narrow definition of masculinity.”
In 2014, more than 73% of those arrested in the US were Males. Men accounted for 80.4% of persons arrested for violent crime as well as 62.9%of those arrested for property crime. This issue is referred to as the “Boy Crisis”
This film illustrates the ways education, media and American society can promote a healthier image for men across the board.
Known as THE MAHARISHI EFFECT, In 1960, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted that one percent of a population practicing the TM technique would produce measurable improvements in the quality of life for the whole population. Based on a collective- consciousness, groups were studied on a metropolitan, provincial and national level through the 1970s and the prediction of violence regression proved correct in numerous studies.
Take a look at how the Robert W Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore Maryland incorporated a mindfulness room— leading to Zero Suspensions its first year.
In a summary of studies on murder and prior record of violence, Don Kates and Gary Mauser found that 80 to 90 percent of murderers had prior police records, in contrast to 15 percent of American adults overall. In a study of domestic murderers, 46 percent of the perpetrators had had a restraining order against them at some time. Family murders are preceded by prior domestic violence more than 90 percent of the time. Violent crimes are committed by people who lack the skills to modulate anger, express it constructively, and move beyond it.
According to The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM), anger can be one of the most challenging emotions that we work with. Anger can be an asset when channeled properly. When misdirected, it often leads to poor choices, damaged relationships, and even violence.
NICABM believes that it may be helpful to understand what happens in the body and brain when anger is triggered, see the infographic below.
We turn our attention to the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware and their Violence Prevention Program, Just(ice) In Time. They are a fine example of individuals who have worked to reduce potential escalations between young people and law enforcement through role-playing and open dialogue.
Watch this video to learn how a conversation with younger populations can change behavior and understanding of real life experiences.