Child-abuseAll too often when a young person commits a violent crime he or she has some history of being abused. Granted, many people who have experienced different kinds of abuse grow into nonviolent adults. However, the simple fact remains that more often than not abuse is a factor when children or teens commit crimes.

While I acknowledge the existence of people who do not continue the cycle of abuse, I want to discuss the undeniable influence abuse has on a person’s tendency to commit acts of violence on others either as a child or later on as an adult. The way I see it, we as a society may either continue to deny this increasingly apparent common denominator, or we may opt to accept that more often than not, abuse is among the root causes.

Most people have sympathy for a person who has suffered abuse, but far fewer have…

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