This morning when my mom and I were having our daily phone conversation she was lamenting the terrible times that we live in. I said that I think we are certainly more aware of the terrible things that happen because of our increased access to world events, the media's propensity to focus on every negative thing that happens, and then to spit it out to us ad nauseum. But I wonder, are we statistically more likely to experience rape, murder, kidnapping, and all other forms of mayhem than we were in our younger years? I thought I would do just a little research.
According to the US Department of Justice the homicide rate declined sharply from 9.3 homicides per 100,000 in 1992 to 4.8 homicides per 100,000 in 2010.
What about sexual assault? Well the rate of sexual assault has decreased by more than half since 1993 according to the USD of J.
In fact, the US crime rate is at its lowest point in decades. "The last time the crime rate for serious crime – murder, rape, robbery, assault – fell to (current) levels, gasoline cost 29 cents a gallon and the average income for a working American was $5,807. That was 1963." See article here.
I thought this week we would discuss your feelings of vulnerability. Are you more afraid than you were in the past? If you are, what do you think contributes to your fear? Does reading the above statistics change your feelings of vulnerability? Why or why not? And, because this is a women's forum, I am wondering how you think being a woman influences how you feel.
So put on your jammies and slippers, grab a cup of tea or coffee and let's chat.