Violence Issues to Watch
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Updated: Sept. 1, 2015
- The States With The Most Gun Laws See The Fewest Gun-Related Deaths - The states that impose the most restrictions on gun users have the lowest rates of gun-related deaths, while states with fewer regulations typically have a much higher death rate from guns. New York State had 4.2 gun deaths per capita in 2013, the third fewest nationwide, according to a study by National Journal.
- The Total Cost of Gun Violence, in 90 Seconds - How America's gun carnage adds up to $229 billion a year.
- A Different Look at Gun Violence - What if we looked at gun-related violence purely as a public health issue? That's what Harvard's David Hemenway did in his book Private Guns, Public Health. As best he could, Hemenway removed emotion from the arguments about firearms, and collected the best data available.
- A helpline for schools tackling cyberbullying - Pilot program lets schools tap into a helpline with close ties to Twitter and Facebook. The advocacy site NoBullying.com reports that just one of out of every six parents are even aware of the scope and intensity involved with cyber bullying and that the victims are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and to consider suicide as a result.
- White House to propose linking law enforcement and public health entities - As heroin overdoses and deaths soar in many parts of the nation, the White House plans to announce on Monday an initiative that will for the first time pair public health and law enforcement in an effort to shift the emphasis from punishment to the treatment of addicts.
- Mere Sight of a Gun Makes Police and Public More Aggressive, Experts Say - For decades psychologists have looked for evidence that weapons affect behavior, and a large body of research has borne out their suspicions: simply seeing a weapon - whether a sword, hand grenade, tank or gun - makes people more aggressive.
- Harassment and hostile work environment are major complaints of congressional employees, report says - In a report released from the Congressional Office of Compliance, the biggest complaint among workers on the hill was harassment and hostile work environment. Complaints related to "sex, gender, and pregnancy" were the most frequent. . The Office of Compliance suggests mandatory anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation training for all congressional employees.
- New Resources Addressing School Discipline Policies - The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released some new resources to rethink discipline in schools. Addressing the Root Cause of School Discipline Disparities, Rethink School Discipline: Resource Guide for Superintendent Action, and Support for State and Local Educational Leaders and Partners from Other Systems will help school leaders decrease suspension and expulsion rates and create safer and more supportive learning environments for all. The departments cited research from the federal government's Civil Rights Data Collection, which noted that more than 3 million students receive suspension or expulsion as discipline each year. Suspensions and expulsions can facilitate higher drop-out rates, entrance into the juvenile justice system, and untimely graduation.
- PA State law takes aim at cyberbullying - Pennsylvania law comes with $2,500 fine and possible jail time for offenders.
- Women Lawmakers Revive Gun-Control Effort-By Making It About Domestic Violence - Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Michigan Representative Debbie Dingell are pressing legislation to take guns out of the hands of men who abuse women. On Wednesday, Dingell introduced a bill along with a Republican, Robert Dold of Illinois, mirroring legislation Klobuchar reintroduced earlier this year in targeting those convicted of stalking and abusive dating partners.
- Microsoft is stepping up the war on revenge porn - and validating the right to be forgotten - The company said it'll no longer tolerate "revenge porn," and announced a new, dedicated Web site Wednesday to help victims report abuse. The reporting page will help users make takedown requests. Microsoft said that sexually explicit images and videos that have been shared without the subject's consent will be delisted from Bing search results, and if the content happens to be hosted on Microsoft's proprietary storage platforms, like OneDrive or Xbox Live, they will be deleted outright in response to individual complaints.
- TV-watching toddlers are at a higher risk of being bullied later on - There's a new argument being made on why TV may be harmful for kids: It puts them at higher risk of being bullied later in life. That's according to a study published this week in the Journal of Developmental and Behavior Pediatrics. Its author found that higher rates of TV watching among 2-year-olds correlates with a higher likelihood of victimization in the sixth grade.
- The Impact of Violence in Children - Children are impacted by violence in deep and long-lasting ways. A fresh look at the issue reveals that violence is a part of the lives of children across the spectrum: poverty and affluence, city and suburbs. How to change that? And what, exactly, do we know about the lives of children impacted by violence?
- State Leaders Announce Bill To Stop Trafficked Guns - Speaking out against gun violence, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand along with other numerous city officials unveiled a bill called the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act of 2015.
- A New Film Tells the Story of Women Who Were Imprisoned for Killing Their Abusers - The Perfect Victim, a powerful documentary that is streaming for free online this summer, aims to fill a hole in our society's discourse around domestic violence and incarceration.
- Guns Don't Deter Crime, Study Finds - A new study throws cold water on the idea that a well-armed populace deters criminals or prevents murders. Instead, higher ownership of guns in a state is linked to more firearm robberies, more firearm assaults and more homicide in general.
- The Bystander Effect: Jackie Fox, Bill Cosby and How to Help Stop Sexual Violence - A new organization is training witnesses to play an active role in stopping sexual assault-instead of looking the other way. Dorothy Edwards, the former head of the University of Kentucky's Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, in an effort to educate bystanders in various dangerous situations to react and intervene, founded the nonprofit Green Dot, Etc. The organization essentially trains students to effectively, and safely, stop situations in which one person is under threat of some sort of abuse or maltreatment.
- History of Abuse Seen in Many Girls in Juvenile System - As many as 80 percent of the girls in some states' juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse, according to a report released Thursday. The report, a rare examination of their plight, recommends that girls who have been sexually trafficked no longer be arrested on prostitution charges.
- Prosecutor Questions Low Numbers On School Bullying - New York prosecutor says compliance with a state law to combat school bullying, harassment or intimidation is a "disaster."
Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas recently reviewed statewide reporting of the so-called "Dignity Act." She noted 58 percent of all schools failed to report even one incident of bullying. And 82 percent had no incidents of cyberbullying.
- S.311 - Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2015 - Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA.) and Rep. Chris Gibson (D-NY) reintroduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act, a bill requiring local educational agencies to establish anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies that prevent and prohibit such conduct. Every student deserves a safe place to learn, and AAUW believes that maintaining a safe climate at schools is the bedrock component to ending school violence. AAUW supports the Safe Schools Improvement Act which would give schools necessary resources to combat bullying, harassment, and negative school climates.
- Data Released On Gun Registrations In NYS - A group opposed to New York's two-year-old gun law says registration data show few owners complied with the requirement to register firearms reclassified as assault weapons. NY2A, which advocates for Second Amendment rights, says newly reported data show only 23,847 people registered 44,485 firearms while Gov. Andrew Cuomo estimated New Yorkers owned one million such guns before the 2013 measure banned sales in New York.
- More People Killed by White Extremists Than Jihadists Since 9/11 - As thousands head to the South Carolina state Capitol to honor church massacre victim Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a new study finds white supremacists and other non-Muslim fanatics have killed far more people in the United States since 9/11 than Muslim extremists.
- Google joins the war on 'revenge porn' - Opponents of revenge porn have a powerful new ally: Google. The search giant announced that it will soon start honoring requests to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without the subject's consent.
- Poll Shows Wide Support for NY SAFE Act Provisions--Even by Gun Owners - A recent poll of New York voters found wide support for provisions of the NY SAFE Act, with both upstate and downstate residents favoring all six provisions of the Act. Even gun owners --while claiming to oppose the Act itself--supported most of its measures.
- Supreme Court allows San Francisco gun safety laws to stand; Scalia and Thomas dissent - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by the National Rifle Association and its allies against two San Francisco gun safety laws. The city requires that handguns be kept locked in a box, or disabled by trigger locks, when they are not being carried by the owner. San Francisco also bans sale of ammunition that expands on impact, the so-called hollow point bullets.
- More than one in four U.S. kids exposed to weapon violence - More than one in four U.S. children are exposed to weapon violence before their eighteenth birthday, either as victims or witnesses, a large study suggests. About one in 33 kids are directly assaulted during incidents involving guns or knives, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics.
- Cyberbullying Less Stressful Than In-Person Bullying, Study Claims - Face-to-face aggression coupled with online harassment seems most distressing to kids.
- School Violence: Colorado Schools Can Now Be Held Liable for Attacks, Shootings - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a hotly debated bill this week that waives government immunity for schools in the event of shootings or other forms of violence. The bill, which was opposed by many schools and school groups, will allow for claims of up to $350,000 per victim or $900,000 per incident if a court finds the school failed to "exercise reasonable care" to prevent "reasonably foreseeable harm."
- NYPD policy change on sex crimes speeds up order of protection for victim - The crimes affected by the change are forcible touching, sexual misconduct and sex abuse in the second and third degrees. A change in NYPD policy does away with desk appearance tickets for some misdemeanor sex offenders, reducing the time it takes for victims to get orders of protection.
- To Reduce Family Violence, Schools Have a Role - Who teaches children about human relationships? The answer is everyone they have contact with, be they young or old, male or female, loving or cruel. Children learn about relationships through social osmosis. They see the patterns around them and internalize those behaviors as the blueprints for what to expect from their own lives. If it is our sincere goal to reduce the sheer magnitude of family violence in America, we have to begin with the environment we have already entrusted with the responsibility of shaping children's lives outside the home. We have to start with schools.
- Bullied Teens Often Become Depressed Adults - Five years after adolescent victimhood, an association with depression risk. Young adults who thought they were bullied in their early teen years were more likely to show symptoms of depression, a large, population-based study from the U.K. indicated.
- The 5 Most Dangerous States to Live In (and 5 Safest) - According to the study, the five safest states to live in are Massachusetts, Vermont, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Hawaii. The least safe states to live in are New Mexico, Tennessee, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Mississippi. Massachusetts is the state with the lowest share of residents who lack health insurance, the second fewest number of fatal occupational injuries, and the second lowest rate of fatal automobile accidents.
- Texas Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Guns on Campus - The Texas Legislature gave final approval Sunday to a bill that would let Texans carry licensed concealed weapons on college campuses. The legislation is on its way to Governor Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it. The final version of the measure allows private institutions to opt out of the campus carry requirement. The final version also allows public universities to create "gun-free zones" on parts of their campuses.
- Rifle & Pistol Association is recruiting legislative candidates for Nov. 2016 - The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is looking for a few good citizens to run for office. The state's largest firearms advocacy group, and official NRA affiliate in New York, is recruiting candidates to primary incumbent state legislators in November 2016 as payback for their passage of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.
- Safe, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Policy Recommendations to Ensure Children Thrive in Supportive Communities Free from Violence and Trauma - Futures Without Violence has released a new report outlining policy recommendations to ensure children thrive in safe communities. The report was prepared in partnership with AAUW, among other coalition partners.
- Trigger Warning: 10 Shocking Truths About Gun Violence - This weekend's shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas has reopened the debate about gun control in the US. But experience shows this is the only country in the world that reacts to mass shootings by relaxing gun laws.
- Programs Aim to Smooth Student-Police Relations - Recent tensions between youths and police has bubbled over in Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson, Mo., and other cities after the deaths of minorities felled by police bullets or excessive force. The unrest has served as a call to action: Amid growing concern about racial bias in U.S. law-enforcement agencies, groups are taking steps to foster better relations between police and minority youths.
- Staff adrift over how to handle cyberbullying - Research out of Hamline University in St. Paul revealed disorganized campus policies about cyberbullying and general denial at institutions. Times Higher Education reports that less than 20% of 384 higher education employees surveyed across 47 states believed their institution was "completely prepared" to handle cyberbullying.
- School Bullying: Education Department Touts Drop in National Rate - By one measure, student reports of bullying at school dropped to 22 percent in 2013, the lowest rate since the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education began collecting that data in 2005.
- Ins - Initiatives that were proposed to appear tough on domestic abusers have backfired onto victims. Mandatory arrests, now on the books in 23 states, provide an ironclad and violent state solution to problems that would better be solved with health care, financial resources, and other kinds of non-carceral counseling.
- Moms calling for tighter gun control laws march across Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall - An army of about 300 angry moms marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and converged on City Hall Saturday to call for tighter gun-control laws and blast America's apparent lack of "gun sense" one day after fallen NYPD police officer Brian Moore was laid to rest during a teary funeral.
- Kids accidentally shoot someone every 36 hours, study shows - According to a study published earlier this week by Everytown For Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, 79 children have unintentionally shot someone with a handgun during the first four months of 2015. These shootings have resulted in 24 deaths and 56 injuries. If such first-quarter figures were calculated to cover an entire year, there would be an accidental shooting every 36 hours.
- What Does Gun Violence Really Cost? - Mother Jones investigative report asks What Does Gun Violence Really Cost? How much care would the survivors of gun violence and the victims' families need? What are the effects on the broader community and how far out would those costs ripple? Take a look at the documented stories of eight survivors and some of the prices paid. Then look to see who pays the most for America's $229 billion a year in gun carnage and find out how much money does gun violence cost in your state?
- A.5257 passes on Domestic Violence Lobby Day. NYAGV's priority bill on domestic violence, the Domestic Violence Firearm Surrender Law (A.5257), unanimously passed the NY State Assembly on April 28. The bill, which will now head to the Senate, requires law enforcement to remove guns from the possession of individuals convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
- Police Learn New Strategy to Reduce Gun Violence - Police in New York state learn new strategy to reduce gun violence. Studies show most shootings in cities involve only about 1 percent of the young men in a city's most dangerous neighborhoods. The new strategy deals directly with that 1 percent.
- Bud Light Apologizes for Tagline that Perpetuates Rape Culture - Bud Light apologized for their tagline, "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night," after two hours of #NotBuyingIt tweets!
- Bullying Gets Under Your Skin: Health Effects of Bullying on Children and Youth - New neurobiological research shows the negative effects of bullying on the physical and mental health of children and youth. According to recent studies, bullying impacts the body's stress response system and these changes can be risk factors associated with poorer health.
- This Is What Women Are Forced To Do To Avoid Street Harassment - Street harassment is far too common for women and new survey data released by the international nonprofit Hollaback! found that among the over 4,800 people surveyed in the United States, street harassment results in a heightened level of fear and anxiety for many women. For example, among respondents under 40 years old, 85 percent said they have taken a different route home in order to avoid potential harassment and 72 percent said they have chosen a different mode of transportation, showing the extent to which street harassment can affect women's feelings of safety and security.
- Women Turn Tables on Online Harassers - Harassment on dating apps is a common problem. According to a Pew Research Center study in 2013, 28 percent of online daters reported feeling harassed, with more female online daters (42 percent) saying they had experienced harassment than male online daters (17 percent).
- Statewide Poll Confirms New Yorkers' Support for Common Sense Regulations - New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) today announced that a statewide poll of New York voter attitudes about gun safety reveals robust support across the state for strong gun safety laws.
- Nearly 1 in 10 Americans Have Serious Anger Problems-and Can Easily Get Guns - In the United States, most people diagnosed with mental illness are allowed to buy guns. While state laws vary, federal law prohibits only those who have been committed to a psychiatric hospital or adjudicated as "mental defectives" from owning firearms. But researchers at Duke University suspect that the law is ignoring a group of Americans who could make for potentially dangerous gun owners: people with a history of angry, impulsive outbursts.
- 17 States Where You're More Likely To Die From Guns Than Car Crashes - "Firearm-related fatalities exceeded motor vehicle fatalities in 17 states and the District of Columbia in 2013," Violence Policy Center (VPC) report said, citing the most recent federal data. "That year, gun deaths (including gun suicide, homicide, and fatal unintentional shootings) outpaced motor vehicle deaths in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming."
- New Harvard Research Debunks the NRA's Favorite Talking Points - Surveys drawing on scores of experts reveal a clear consensus against the gun lobby. They show that a clear majority of experts do not buy the NRA's arguments.
- Kansas Will Allow Concealed Carry of Guns Without a Permit - Kansas residents will be allowed to carry concealed weapons in the state without training or a permit starting in July under a bill signed into law on Thursday by Governor Sam Brownback.
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