By Supporter Contributor Paul Smith
It’s sad to admit but over the past years the problem of youth crime is becoming more and more urgent. Teachers, social organizations and specialists working in this field are very concerned about the tendency to degradation of the new generation of our society. Young people who have not come into this life yet, deprive themselves of the prospects to find a worthy place in our society. It is a matter of concern for parents, teachers, politicians and scientists, as well as law machinery. Being the most painful problem for adults and elderly people, juvenile crimes seem to be a very little, most invisible issue for young people. Of course, the lion’s share of the blame for all this weighs on the conscience of modern society.
Common juvenile crimes.
Today it is difficult to clearly outline the limits of the young criminals, as many young people without being a juvenile delinquent, have already crossed the “line of criminality” in their thoughts and behavior. The attitude of young people to the crime can be described as fear and indifference at the same time.
Youth crime significantly differs from the overall crime by the character of the offense. Mercenary and violent crimes are the most prevalent among young people. Besides such common delinquencies as fights and hooliganism, other popular youth crimes are stealing, money blackmail, fraud. Statistics shows that the amount of mercenary crimes is increasing. Every second juvenile delinquent points to mercenary crime.
Prostitution is a special type of youth crime. In the majority of cases those who provide sexual services are accused of the crime. Though, we all know that frequently the true criminals are staying in the shadow. Unfortunately the reasons which force young girls to sell their bodies are not properly examined. Sociological studies show that the vast majority of prostitutes are women aged 12 to 34 years, many of them are under-aged girls. What are the main reasons making these women to become prostitutes? The most common reasons are difficult financial situation and drug addiction. Having found themselves in the world of prostitution, women can’t escape from this “lower depth”, have their own family, raise children and live normal life.
Addiction takes the first place.
Among many reasons and motifs of juvenile crimes drug addiction takes the first place. All over the world the majority of drug-abusers are young people. Drug abuse can be regarded as a developing youth subculture, covered with mystery, performing the function of escape from the real problems, challenges, insecurity.
Besides drug addiction the whole spectrum of new addictions can be observed in many countries. Addictions to work, shopping, computer games have analogy with drug addiction, all of them function as the way to escape from reality to the world of illusions. And the reasons for these types of addiction are very similar – social estrangement, fail in adaptation to reality. Further searches for new emotions and experience leads to crime.
Of course we can continue enumerating negative reasons of juvenile crimes, still the main blame for youth becoming criminals lies with the families. The worst thing is human indifference. That’s who we are – indifferent people. We calm themselves down: “it’s not my child. I have a good family.” But in fact somebody else’s children don’t exist. All in all, we, our children and society suffer from these “somebody else’s” children. Maybe, it’s high time to stop and think for a while. If every person makes just one step to help these young people, everybody wins! If tomorrow something bad happens with your close person, the guilty can be a “bad”, “somebody else’s child”, and it’s we who are to be blamed for his crime!
Paul Smith works as a writer at http://classyessaywriter.com. He writes on such topics as psychology of the young generation, crimes and Human rights.
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