A major new study released this week shows even more clearly the daunting challenges we face. The Obama administration -- with the Secretary of Education and the Attorney General -- called for a "national conversation on values to address youth violence" after some highly discouraging news. Attorney general Eric Holder stated:
"The Department of Justice is releasing a new study today that measures the effects of youth violence in America, and the results are staggering. More than 60 percent of the children surveyed were exposed to violence in the past year, either directly or indirectly. Nearly half of children and adolescents were assaulted at least once, and more than one in ten were injured as a result. Nearly one-quarter were the victim of a robbery, vandalism or theft, and one in sixteen were victimized sexually. Those numbers are astonishing, and they are unacceptable. We simply cannot stand for an epidemic of violence that robs our youth of their childhood and perpetuates a cycle in which today's victims become tomorrow's criminals." ~ News Conference on Youth and School Violence. Chicago, Ill. Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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