Pin It
.
Favorites

Feedback 1/30 

We welcome your comments. Send them to themail@rochester-citynews.com, or post them on our website, rochestercitynewspaper.com, our Facebook page, or our Twitter feed, @roccitynews. Comments of fewer than 350 words have a greater chance of being published, and we do edit selections for publication in print. We don't publish comments sent to other media.

Seeing the toll of violence

Subsequent to the sad and tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, can we open our hearts and minds to a larger perspective than the predominate discussion of recent weeks? Instead of madly rushing, once again, with vengeful minds for the "easy solution" to gun-violence, can we be inwardly quiet, enabling ourselves to ponder certain facts that indicate how deeply violent matters truly are in our culture?

Yes, it's true that the loss of one child is too many. However, a glimpse, if you will:

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, in 1993: 614,000 American children were physically abused, 500,000 were sexually abused, 532,000 were emotionally abused, 507,000 were physically neglected, and 585,000 were emotionally neglected.

Five hundred sixty-five thousand of these, the most vulnerable among us, were killed or seriously injured.

There are no words.

Each of us must enter this deep river, open our eyes, open our minds, open our hearts, and see it.
DOUG HOENER, ROCHESTER

Tags:

Comments


Comments are closed.

Latest in Feedback

Readers also liked…

Browse Listings

Submit an event
Mindfulness @ JCC of Greater Rochester

Mindfulness @ JCC of Greater Rochester

Mindfulness is the focus of one’s awareness on the present moment while...
Using Gmail & Google Apps @ JCC of Greater Rochester

Using Gmail & Google Apps @ JCC of Greater Rochester

Course taught on a Windows computer, but applicable to any computer. Prerequisite:...

Rosalie “Daystar” Jones: Native American Dance & Game Workshop @ Edgerton Community Center

Registration required....

View all of today's events »

This Week's Issue

Cover Story:
A former paperboy's story of sexual abuse
Rick Bates claims in a lawsuit against Gannett Co. that he was sexually abused as a paperboy in 1983 read more ...

Tweets @RocCityNews

© 2019 City Newspaper.

Website powered by Foundation.