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A Culture of Violence


What do you call a country that glorifies wars and violence in the name of peace. One that’s been at war every year in its history against one or more adversaries. It has the highest homicide rate of all western nations and a passion for owning guns, yet the two seem oddly unconnected. Violent films are some of its most popular, and similar video games crowd out the simpler, more innocent street play of generations earlier. Prescription and illicit drug use is out of control as well when tobacco, alcohol and other legal ones are included.

 

It get’s worse. It’s society is called a “rape culture” with data showing:

 

– one-fourth of its adult women victims of forcible rape sometime in their lives, often by someone they know, including family members;

 

– one-third of them are victims of sexual abuse by a husband or boyfriend;

 

– 30% of people in the country say they know a woman who’s been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year;

 

– one in four of its women report being sexually molested in childhood, usually repeatedly over extended periods by a family member or other close relative;

 

– its women overall experience extreme levels of violence; an astonishing 75% of them are victims of some form of it in their lifetimes;

 

–domestic violence is their leading cause of injury and second leading cause of death;

 

– statistically, homes are their most dangerous place if men are in them as millions experience battering by husbands, male partners or fathers;