Stand Against Violence

Help those who need your courage to stand against violence.

War-Torn Countries and Violence

A violent conflict involves at least two parties using physical force to resolve competing claims or interests. Violent conflicts may occur among individuals or groups not affiliated with a government, but the term is most commonly applied as a synonym for war. At whatever level it occurs, a violent conflict usually involves more than one confrontation.

People caught in such situations are usually left with deaths of families and loved ones, psychiatric problems, mental disabilities and/or nothing.

The Problem is everywhere

Though where you live seems perfect in the lack of violence, there are other forms of violence that happen everywhere everyday throughout the US and throughout the world. Look at some statistics from the Student Peace Alliance website.
  • A World Heath Organization report estimates the cost of interpersonal violence in the U.S. at more than $300 billion per year. The cost to victims was estimated at more than $500 billion per year. Combined, this is the equivalent to nearly 10% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). [The Economic Dimensions of Interpersonal Violence, World Health Organization, 2004]
    • U.S. youth homicide rates are more than 10 times that of other leading industrial nations, on par with the rates in developing countries and those experiencing rapid social and economic changes. [World Report on Violence and Health, World Health Organization, 2002]
    • Direct expenditures for corrections (e.g., prisons and jails) by local, state and federal governments between 1982 and 2005 increased 619 percent to $65 billion per year. [Direct Expenditures by Criminal Justice Function, 1982-2005, Bureau of Justice Statistics]
    • In 2005, 5,686 young people ages 10 to 24 were murdered--an average of 16 each day. [Youth Violence Facts at a Glance, Summer 2008, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)]
    • One in six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and 10% of sexual assault victims are men. [2004 National Crime Victimization Survey]
    • In 2007, approximately 14,000 terrorist incidents occurred worldwide, and deaths caused increased to 22,000 persons. [Report on Terrorist Incidents, 2006 (issued April 2008), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)]
    • Persons under the age of 25 accounted for 50 percent of those arrested for murder and 65 percent of those arrested for robbery in 2006. [Youth Violence Facts at a Glance, Summer 2008, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)]
    • Worldwide, an estimated 1.6 million people lost their lives to violence in 2000. About half were suicides, one-third were homicides, and one-fifth were casualties of armed conflict. [World Report on Violence and Health, World Health Organization, 2002]
    • In 2001, there were approximately 21,000 homicides and 31,000 suicides; and nearly 1.8 million people were assaulted, while about 323,000 harmed themselves and were treated in hospital emergency departments. [Surveillance for Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries – 2001, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Vital Statistics System]
    • Domestic Violence is the single greatest cause of injury to women. [Journal of Amer. Med. Assoc.]

    Victums' Testamonies

    Here are only three of the many stories of people in war torn and violent nations:
    Arn Chorn Pond - Profile Video

    How can you possibly help?

    Though helping seems too small for such a large issue, that is not the case. Raising awareness for an issue is something small and in your community you can do. This will build support and a group who will stand with you in your mission to end violence. Also you can volunteer for organizations like Unicef and the UN.

    My Opinion:

    Though we were not required to add our opinion, I thought if I added it, it could give insight to my views. (This is not a part of my project, and please do not reduce points based on my opinion) I honestly feel there is no point to organizations like Unicef trying to end violence. A quote I believe in with my full heart is "even if we were all the same race, the same religion, with the same property, and were all the same gender, and had the same beliefs, we would all still try to kill each other, because that's what we humans do. We fight and we start wars with each other because it's nature."