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"Changing Minds" about Children's Exposure to Violence

By: Eileen M. Garry, Acting Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

We all hear stories about inner city violence, the abuse and victimization suffered by youth in rural areas, and children who have been bullied in school or online. Few of us, however, are fully aware of the prevalence of this violence and the lasting impact it has on our children. While crime rates nationally remain at historically low levels, too many children in our country still experience violence.