English 8 Per. 3
15 March 2012
Muckraker Persuasive Essay
In 2000 1,561, adolescents under the age of 18, were arrested for homicide. In our society more and more teenagers are being arrested for types of violent and non-violent crime. 33% of high school students were in a physical fight within a 12 month period. Many parents of delinquents take them to therapy to try and turn their life around.
Violent crime in our teens today is ruining our society. Direct and in direct costs of teen violence are more than 158 billion dollars (Teen Help). Conviction for carrying knives and other weapons have doubled since the last decade. (Telegraph). Homicide was the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. (Ashira R.). Most kids missed school due to feelings of insecurity. (Teen help). One third of all victims were between the ages of 12-19. (Ashira R.).
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Drug abuse violations accounted for $3,900 (Juvenile Crime). Illinois is one of only 12 states that will automatically throw minors into adult prisons facing charges (Huffingtonpost).
Sexual abuse is on the rise, in today’s world, “1 in 4 girls have been sexually abused by age 18” and most “sexual abuse victims know their abusers (Teen Help). Teenagers account for “51% of all reported sexual abuse and 23% of sexual offenders are under the age of 18” (Teen Help).” Sexual abuse unwanted sexual behavior”. (NCVC). In Tewksbury Massachusetts a 16 year old was sexually abused and afterwards she sued and the lawsuit came out to $55,909. 69% of sexual offence occurs in a residence because the suspects are usually employees, close friends, or even relatives.
Murder is a big influence on our teens because it’s part of our everyday life. The news is always filled with murder. Homicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers. (Ashira R.). Since 2009 murder rates have declined 71 %( Juvenile Crimes). In the month of January 3,678 teens were arrested for homicide. (Teen violence statistics). In 2000, assault rates doubled as well as murder (Juvenile Crime). Most suspects were bullied and their victims were their bullier. 15% of all murder arrests were under the age of 15 (Ashira R.).
On the other hand people might disagree with my opinion because parents don’t want to hear that their kids harmed other people or themselves. Parents might think that their teenagers are just going through a phase and that it will just pass by. This happens because teenagers are in the wrong place at the wrong time and hang out with people that they shouldn’t be hanging out with.
In conclusion, sexual harassment is an increasing problem in our society and will not be resolved if we don’t stand up against it. Our teenagers are old enough to know what sexual harassment is and should be educated on how to indicate signs of this crime. They shouldn’t be afraid to talk to someone if they or someone else has been a victim of this atrocious crime. Violent crime and murder are caused by depression, feelings of insecurity, and bullying. Kids feel like no one cares about