Wednesday, May 06, 2009

What are the statistics about crimes against children? What is the news that we're not hearing?

The crime rate today is equal to what it was back in 1970. In the '70s and '80s, crime was climbing. It peaked around 1993, and since then it's been going down.

If you were a child in the '70s or the '80s and were allowed to go visit your friend down the block, or ride your bike to the library, or play in the park without your parents accompanying you, your children are no less safe than you were.

But it feels so completely different, and we're told that it's completely different, and frankly, when I tell people that it's the same, nobody believes me. We're living in really safe times, and it's hard to believe.

I was just having this conversation with someone recently.
We've developed a culture of panic and fear which is crippling us in so many ways.

I heard Frank Furedi the Author of Culture of Fear and Paranoid Parenting interviewed a couple of years ago, and agreed with a lot of what he said.

Fear is actually quite profitable.

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