Forgotten Killer in Gun Control Debate

getzenha Blog Posts, HBHE 680 0 Comments

When we talk about reducing gun violence, one of the first things that come to mind is ending the senseless murder of innocent people; of stopping one person from taking another person’s life. In the aftermath of the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut, the debate on gun violence has been focused on restricting use and access to assault-style …

One Billion Rising

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Last week on Valentines Day (2/14/2013), I was in the Diag hanging out with some friends from work passing out flowers and free T-shirts with Body Peace Corps, a group on campus that promotes positive body image and works to prevent eating disorders on campus. There was a lot going on in the Diag on Valentines Day, but one of …

It’s More Than Just Gun Control Laws

bmjeff Blog Posts, HBHE 680 2 Comments

Photo credit: Carlos Javier Ortiz via The Washington Post Recent news of gun violence in Chicago has sparked national attention by news sources all over, and by President Obama.  The president gave a speech on Friday to comment about the recent rise in homicides in Chicago.  An emphasis was placed on values of marriage, family, religion, and community as the …

Is Education the Answer?

elansho Blog Posts, HBHE 680 0 Comments

When you think about our youth, the last thing you want to imagine is a young person holding a gun or committing some sort of violent crime. Youth and violence are two words our ears hate to hear in the same sentence, yet we hear them time and time again. In recent news there have been a number of youth …

A Connection Between Genes, the Environment, and Violence

cbuech Blog Posts, HBHE 680 2 Comments

It is common knowledge that physical traits, such as hair or eye color, are genetically inherited from one’s biological parents. Many people also know that certain disorders are caused by genetic abnormalities or occur more frequently in individuals who are genetically susceptible, as is the case in breast and colorectal cancers. There is somewhat less knowledge and more disagreement about …

Prevention of Gun Violence- Is the Cradle to Grave Program Effective?

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Shooting violence has been an increasingly common occurrence in the news cycle and unfortunately, youth have been involved in a majority of these incidents as both perpetrators and victims. This has led concerned individuals in cities such as Philadelphia to explore ways to reach and stem these rates of violence in youth. In a recent New York Times article, a …

VAWA for Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it may seem that women around the country are hoping for chocolates or flowers. But not this Valentine’s Day. Thousands of women’s rights advocates have voiced their demands for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which is up for debate this week in Congress. VAWA is a US federal law originally …

What’s In A Bully? The Harm of Loose Definitions and Labels

dtaubman Blog Posts, HBHE 680 2 Comments

Surely we all remember the bullies of our day—the unfortunate among us may even recall being stuffed in a locker, spat on, or shoved to the ground.  And over the years we have been inundated with explicit examples of the bully archetype.  Think Angelica Pickles from “Rugrats” who got a kick out of exploiting and manipulating her cousin and his …

Face-to-Face: An Intervention Strategy for Working with Youth

Christina Carter HBHE 680 0 Comments

On September 24th, 2009, a gang-related fight erupted on the school grounds of Christian Fenger Academy High School on Chicago’s South Side. The video footage is difficult to watch.  Young teenage men beating each other using fists, feet, and wooden railroad ties. In the midst of it all, an innocent bystander, 16-year old Derrion Albert, was struck in the head …