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Lowering the Age of Consent

I have been thinking lately that high ages of consent hinder efforts to stop sexual victimization, such as rape and sexual assault. If one person has sex with someone else who’s age is under the age of consent determined by the statutes in that jurisdiction, then the sex is considered statutorily unconsensual and is thus… Read More

Sexual Censorship Does Not Prevent Sexual Violence

I am currently reading Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex by Dr. Joycelyn M. Elders. I like it so far. Anyway, while reading a chapter about censorship today, I was interested by some information. Elders points out that research has found that viewing erotica or pornography does not correlate with antisocial… Read More

Two Books about Violence in Society

I just finished reading the descriptions of about 20 or so books about violent crime and criminology. Two of the books seemed especially interesting to me. I hope to read them both soon. (Of course, I have a long list of books that I want to read, so it takes me a while to get… Read More

Everyone Can Help End Sexual Violence

I found a nice post on a blog from a University of Wisconsin student. In the blog post, Alex Wagner points out that everyone can help end sexual violence regardless of their race, gender, or religion. I agree! We must refuse to remain complacent or just passively indignant about the prevalence of sexual assault and… Read More

Books about Corporate Crime

I decided that I want to read a book specifically about corporate crime, but I do not know what book I will read. I looked at some of the books available on Amazon, and the following two books about corporate crime seem the most interesting to me: Corporate and Governmental Deviance: Problems of Organizational Behavior… Read More

Get Children out of Inner-Cities and Bad Neighborhoods

When children grow up in poor and violent neighborhoods, it greatly increases the odds that they will turn commit violent crime in their life. For one, these places have bad role models and other damaging influences. Also, living around crime and poverty encourages kids to join violent gangs. Worse yet, cities and poor neighborhoods tend… Read More

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I see raising awareness about sexual violence as the first step to preventing it on a systemic level. In other words, I believe our society could drastically reduce and nearly eliminate the presence of sexual violence if we truly decided to do it and put our resources into it.… Read More

Lesson about Revenge

On this blog, I have posted a lot about vengeance lately. Namely, I have wanted to find ways to discourage people from engaging in vengeance. Today, I remembered a great movie that explores the destructiveness of vengeance: Changing Lanes. Changing Lanes stars Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. After getting in an accident on the… Read More

“Are Prisons Obsolete?” by Angela Y. Davis

Last night, I finished reading the book Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis, which someone had recommended to me after I wrote a short article about why I think society does not need prisons. The book was not what I had expected, but I still like it very much. Rather than speculate on alternatives… Read More

Letting Children Refuse Medical Treatment

I just read a story about a 14-year-old Jehovah’s Witness who refused a blood transfusion and died. The boy refused the transfusion on religious grounds. The boy’s legal guardian is also a Jehovah’s Witness. I have heard some people call it child abuse to allow a kid to refuse needed medical treatment that would save… Read More