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Violence: Make it Stop

Although the subject of violence in any sense is a touchy one; it is also an extremely important one. Violence happens. That is a fact of life and a long term set of human nature. Although this is a factor of the truth it is not the whole truth and I will never sit here and type on my computer that violence is right and that we should condone it and just let it go. Violence does not just occur on the college campus it occurs in the real world. One day we will have to leave the comfort and safety of the college campus and branch out into the real world. In this particular article, I am going to touch on multiple types of violence that plague the college campus and is prominent in the real world right now.

Domestic/Dating Violence

Domestic violence is really prominent right now in today’s culture. The thing is it is just recently being seen as a real problem among all ages of women. Domestic violence does not just affect married couples or families like many people think it does. Actually it affects young women in just boyfriend/girlfriend relationships. 21% of college students report having experienced dating violence by a current partner. 32% experienced dating violence by a pervious partner. This is a staggering statistic that college students are experiencing dating violence. The thing is I was in a violent relationship with my now ex boyfriend. It took me a long time to finally find the strength to stand up and say no more. I walked away. I survived. Although we focus mainly on domestic violence against women and children; we must also focus on how in same sex relationships individuals still stand at risk of being harmed by their partners. During the month of October when you get a chance wear purple in support of those who have experienced violent relationships.

Sexual Violence

College is a time to experience new things and become a wonderful adult that is ready to take on the world. College is a time to make new friends, enjoy a party or two, maybe get in a relationship, or maybe get out of one. That is what college is about and learning of course. College has now become a hunting ground for sexual assault and rape. As many as one quarter of female students experience sexual assault over the course of their college career (Break the Cycle, Inc., 2005). As a young woman on a college campus this bothers me. If you want a little bit more of a numerical number imagine this. It is estimated that for every 1,000 women attending a college or university, there are 35 incidents of rape each academic year. Now to make this statistic slightly more relevant. In my chapter we have 53 women. If 35 of those 53 women were raped this year that would be more than half of my chapter becoming victims of sexual assault. Ill just leave that there for you to ponder.

Violence in the Media

Alrighty so this is not as specific to college campuses but it is still relevant in today’s society when it comes to violence. Violence in the media is a huge thing especially when high profile cases about police brutality, race violence, and gay violence ( hate crimes) is a huge part of today’s media. These are the stories that we hear about on the news. Individuals like Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, and Mike Brown. These names have been through the media as we discuss violence against black americans caused by police across the country. Although I am completely unbiased and will not make this a political blog I believe that these individuals along with many others should be talked about because violence against them sets us back in our progression in racial equality in this country. Along with violence against african americans many gay americans experience hate crimes where they are victimized for loving someone and having sexual relations with those of the same sex. Love is love and thats all that is needed to be said about that.

Although there are many different types of violence and trust me I could write a twenty page MLA formatted paper on violence but I do not want to bore you wonderful readers, so I will make an attempt to wrap this up and put a nice bow on top. Violence is a problem, although in the past as a species we have just accepted it beginning with endless wars in our country and others moving all the way up to now where we use violence as entertainment on television. The thing is violence is bigger than that women, men, children, and even animals experience real life violence. Whether it is in a relationship, a chance encounter, or otherwise violence is an epidemic. As the future leaders of this country we need to stand up and say no more. We do not want to experience any more violence we want peace. Right now we have a raging war against violence. I don’t know about you but it is time for peace. It is time to STOP THE VIOLENCE.

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