Informative Speech on Violence

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Accoridng to the FBI 17 seconds from now someone between the ages of 13-25 will be a victim of a violent crime somewhere in our country. Domestic, dating and sexual violence are costly and prevalent problems in this country, causing victims, as well as witnesses and bystanders, in every community to suffer pain and loss. In addition to the lives taken and injuries suffered, violence shatters the sense of well-being that allows people to thrive. It also can cause health problems that last a lifetime, and destroy children’s outlook on school and in life. The United States has made progress in the last few decades in addressing teen/ young adult violence – but there is more work to do to build the strategies that hold the most promise. These include teaching the next generation that violence is wrong, training more health care providers to assess patients for abuse, implementing workplace prevention and victim support programs, and making services available to all victims & witnesses. I could talk to you this afternoon about the fact that 60 seconds from now someone will be assaulted, 6 minutes from now someone will be forcibly raped, and even 25 minutes from now somebody somewhere in our country will be the victim of murder. I could talk about all those things that we see, hear and read about every day. But the reality is that violence is simply a matter of a deeper emotion and psychological problem. It's that wound that will never heal or seemingly never heal because of the constant overwhelmed feeling that involves suffering and hurting. It continues to contaminate the mind of that wounded person and eventually forces that person into a lifestyle of survival instead of a life of hope for the future. Through expert opinions and research I will try to paint a picture of what we are up against and what we have to overcome. The continued cycle of violence in our society depends on its emotional and psychosocial impact and then the support structures each person has...
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