Jim Walters This workshop will explore the challenges facing colleges and universities where students fall prey to abduction and exploitation. Participants will learn about the factors which contribute to victimization, examples of students who have been the victims of kidnapping, abductions and sexual exploitation in the college setting. Participants will also learn about the growing challenge of students who are increasingly caught up in commercial exploitation and the warning signs that this form of victimization may be happening in your community. This workshop will explore many societal myths and bias that enable the offender to operate successfully among us without suspicion and detection.
Is there such thing as being born violent? Like so many qualities, violence involves a real interaction between genetics and environment. We may not be able to alter the DNA we are born with, but we can strongly influence how these genes are expressed.
Violence is the result of a combination of biological, social, and psychological factors, especially those that increase exposure to vulnerability, shame, and humiliation.
Preventing violence must involve the opposite: James Gilligan on understanding and preventing violence. As this presentation will highlight, many environmental factors can contribute to violence.
These include adverse childhood events such as abuseneglecttraumaloss, and abandonment. Victims of poverty, children who are missing basic necessities and who struggle with poor healthcare or nutritionare more likely to encounter or engage in violence.
A mother I knew raised twin boys, who lost their father at a young age. Working two jobs to scrape by to support her family, she had little choice but to frequently leave her sons on their own.
One of the twins buried his head in books and found education as his refuge.
The other boy turned to a gang for companionship and violence as an outlet for his inner turmoil. This combination of trauma and neglectthough unintentional, became a breeding ground for violent behavior.
Without a constructive outlet like school, counselingor an available parental figure one of her sons faced a heavy social and emotional struggle and followed a path toward violence and crime, while the other was able to channel his struggle into something positive.
So how can we prevent children from becoming violent? Forming an Attachment Make sure children have caring adults in their lives. Research has shown that kids need a minimum of five caring adults to help them grow up happy and healthy.
Grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, counselors, and family friends can serve as positive role models to our kids.
Parents can hurt themselves and their children by creating an isolated environment around them. For both children and adults who show violent tendencies, it is important to help them form attachments.
Attaching to someone, whether from their family or a rehabilitation program, has been proven to help even highly violent individuals to make a real change. Research shows that facilitating violent prisoners develop attachment is violence preventative. Developing a Conscience Help your children develop a conscience by A Being attuned to them, B Not being violent toward or in front of them, C Providing a secure, safe base for them, and D Repairing when you slip up.
We all make mistakes as parents, but openly admitting and apologizing for these mistakes shows your kids that you are human, that they are not to blame, and that they too, should demonstrate care and concern. Imagine the scene of your child hitting another child in the park.
This helps the child to feel compassion and sympathy, while understanding what it really means to hurt someone. Prisoners can be taught empathy through effective intervention programs like victim impact groupswhere victims of violence speak to prisoners about their experience.
The San Francisco prison system embraced this technique and employed a treatment strategy that reduced recidivism criminal re-offenses of released prisoner by 80 percent.
Getting Attention Give kids attention, never give them the silent or avoidant treatment. Adolescents acting up need more attention, not less.
Depriving a kid in need of services and contact hurts them; their behavior indicates they need more adult contact. By isolating them, when their acting out is to seek attention, albeit negative attention, we continue the punishment cycle. Intensifying treatment when adolescents act out breaks the punishment cycle, while reducing their likelihood of becoming violent.
This has proven to be effective even in adolescents with psychopathic tendencies. Building Self-Esteem Help your child find something they are good at and offer real praise for those achievements. Yet, acknowledging children for honest accomplishments and true abilities helps them to know their value.
Vanity has actually been found to contribute to violence.Combating Street Gangs. An important piece of the juvenile justice reform movement in this Nation has been devoted to finding new ways to reduce gang-related crime and violence.
James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. The Berlin Wall—symbol of a divided city within a divided nation within a divided continent—was grounded in decades-old historical divisions at the end of World War II.
Anthropologists and sociologists laid the foundation for modern qualitative methods while doing. field research. Life in the Gang: Family, Friends, and Violence, and by reason - field rather than in the laboratory), leaving them relatively undisturbed, and minimizing your presence.
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