Defined as the dark behavior involving physical force intended to harm, inflict pain and damage, or murder someone or something, the savagery and brutality that is violence has been around since time immemorial. Tainting our history books, it is alive and as vivid as it is within so many films, TV series, historical cases, and every day happenings on the street.
From domestic abuse, to stealing a car or committing arson, there are about a billion different ways to go about committing a crime. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about violence:
Fact 1: Terrifying: in every 90 seconds, there is a person being sexually harassed. 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 12; 29% are under the age of 12 to 17; 44% are under the age of 18; 80% are under the age of 30; while the ages 12 to 34 are the highest risk years.
Fact 2: 1 out of 5 women have been victims or attempted or accomplished rape in their lifetime. Roughly 1,270,000 women are raped each year. About 6,646,000 are victims of other sexual crimes, including but not limited to: sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, or unwanted sexual experiences.
Fact 3: Gangs are one of the largest leading factors for growth of violent crimes, both on and off school property. In order to join a gang, there is often an initiation ceremony or test that needs to be passed. This initiation is usually a violent crime that includes a long list of heinous crimes such as theft, murder, gang-rape, and drive-by shootings. Gangs are often organized based on their race, ethnicity, territory, as well as money-making activities. They are generally made up of members from the ages 8 to 22. Each gang may be differentiated by the symbols, clothes, or tattoos that they flaunt.
Fact 4: A staggering 8 black people, 3 white people, 3 gay people, 3 Jewish people, and 1 Latino person are victims of hate crimes and other despicable treatment such as discrimination and harmful, derogatory slurs every day.
Fact 5: According to a study conducted by the Family Violence Interventions for the Justice System back in 1993, the boys who grow up to witness their fathers’ violence are 10 times more likely to engage in spousal abuse in their later years of adulthood than boys from non-violent homes.
Fact 6: There are about 9 distinct types of violence and abuse, namely: Physical violence, Sexual violence, Emotional violence, Psychological violence, Spiritual violence, Cultural violence, Verbal Abuse, Financial Abuse, and Neglect.
Fact 7: The saying “If you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it’ll jump out. However, if you leave the frog inside a pot and gradually bring it up to the boil, it will stay in until it has harmed itself severely” is often related to victims of violence and abuse.
Fact 8: The infinitely notorious duo Bonnie and Clyde, (Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow) were cemented in history for their bank robberies, police officer murders, crimes during the era of the great depression, as well as their wild, sexual escapades.
Fact 9: The number 1 bestselling crime novel is Josephine Tey’s “The Daughter of Time”, followed by Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep”, John le Carre’s “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold”, Dorothy L. Sayer’s “Gaudy Night”, and Agatha Christie’s “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd”.
Fact 10: One of the greatest unsolved crimes of all time is that of Jack The Ripper’s, infamous for killing and mutilating prostitutes in London’s East End during the year 1888.