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Violence Prevention: Where Should the Onus Be Placed?

December 20, 2012

When tragedies happen in schools, conversations around teachers carrying weapons often emerge. In light of the CT school shootings, this conversation has predictably, re-emerged. In addition to children carrying bullet proof booksacks. How different is this suggestion from the conversation around ‘How Women Can Avoid Being Raped’. It’s not. That’s how. It’s no different at all. Conversations around violence prevention typically position survivors as responsible for the cessation of violence. Placing NO onus or responsibility on perpetrators and paying no homage to mutual responsibility for ending violence. Let’s shift the question to How can we as a society better protect each other. How can we better hold each other accountable for the current social climate? I find it exceptionally reductionist to default to children wearing bullet proof booksacks and (typically women) being taught how to fight off an attacker. Is that as far as our brains can stretch?
Just a thought.

(c) The Ignant Intellectual, 2012

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