Children need to be educated about domestic violence
The most prevalent violent crime in our province of late is violence against women, particularly domestic violence. You can’t watch the news or log on to social media without hearing of at least a couple incidents a week.
Why is this plague so common in today’s society? Is it the outdated laws, the inappropriate punishments, or is it simply lack of knowledge? Perhaps a combination of it all coupled with drug and/or alcohol dependencies. The cycle of violence is probably the major contributor.
(Last week on) Wednesday, I received information from my 13-year-old daughter’s school bus driver that a boy the same age kicked her in the back of the head on the bus. Obviously I’m not calling this domestic violence, but the manner in which she tried, at first, to cover for the boy is alarming. This boy saw no wrong in kicking a girl in the head; my daughter saw no wrong in trying to hide it from me, even though I have all but preached awareness to her.
At 13, you have knowledge of right and wrong. Yes, they’re kids, but eventually they will become adults. Naturally, this incident has been dealt with, but what of those that aren’t known or left unchecked? What will the end result be as our kids reach maturity?
One in four relationships in Canada experience at least one form of domestic violence. The education system is burying its head in the sand if it thinks no students in our province are witnessing this violent behaviour at home, thus making it a learned behaviour, which is how the cycle of violence can start.
Education is paramount to prevention. Religion, as we know it, has been removed from the schools and replaced with sex education, and topics such as the death penalty and various cults and their leaders. All of this is considered appropriate social knowledge. Why, then, is there no grade-level comprehensive education program on domestic violence and its various forms? Our children need to be taught while they’re young and most impressionable to prevent both victims and abusers later in life.
Domestic violence awareness is everyone’s responsibility. It’s a serious epidemic, with oftentimes, as we have seen, fatal results.
I’m calling on the Department of Education, along with protective agencies in our province, to establish an educational program to instill knowledge in our children. We are, as a society, responsible to break this cycle of violence. In doing so, we may save a life.