Afghan TV Show Addresses Violence against Women

We need to think of violence itself as a communicable disease. We have kids growing up exposed to terrible trauma. We did a study some years ago, looking at [violence risk] among people with serious mental illness. The three risk factors we found were most important: first, a history of violent victimization early in life; second, substance abuse; and the third is exposure to violence in the environment around you. People who had none of those risk factors – even with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia – had very low rates of violent behavior. -Lois Beckett

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about contagious violence.

Journaling Prompt: If you have any experience with violence, write about it. If not, how do you view victims of violence.

Art Prompt: Contagious violence

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the concept of violence as a communicable disease.

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