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Players who received the highest number of penalties — those in the top 10 percent of penalties — had an average of 1.5 arrests per player, including violent and nonviolent arrests. Each player with one arrest averaged 11 penalties and 95 penalty yards. The numbers were higher for those with two or more arrests: Those players averaged 16 penalties and 133 penalty yards each.

“Since our findings revealed a link between workplace behavior and off-duty behavior, it is important for organizations, especially those with a high profile like the NFL, to take seriously their personal conduct policies and to properly screen those they hire for employment, as the actions of any one individual has consequences, both negative and positive, not only for the individual involved but also to the image of the organization,” Nicole Piquero said.

The study found no link between penalties and violent arrests, which, contrary to popular belief, represent a small number of overall arrests among NFL players. In addition, researchers found that players had very few penalties during postseason games, which they believe could be due to the high stakes involved in those games or the fact that referees tend to call fewer penalties during that time. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a pro athlete whose behavior on and off the field is questionable.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about professional athletes who are violent off the field?

Art Prompt: NFL

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the correlation between on and off the field behavior in pro football players.

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…researchers assessed each individual’s homelessness, inpatient mental-health treatment, psychological symptoms of mental illness, substance use and as victims or perpetrators of violence. The researchers evaluated all of these items as both indicators and outcomes — i.e., as both causes and effects.

“We found that all of these indicators mattered, but often in different ways,” says Sarah Desmarais, an associate professor of psychology at NC State and co-author of the paper. “For example, drug use was a leading indicator of committing violence, while alcohol use was a leading indicator of being a victim of violence.”

However, the researchers also found that one particular category of psychological symptoms was also closely associated with violence: affective symptoms.

“By affect, we mean symptoms including anxiety, depressive symptoms and poor impulse control,” Desmarais says. “The more pronounced affective symptoms were, the more likely someone was to both commit violence and be a victim of violence…

…on average, the researchers found that one event in which a person was a victim of violence triggered seven other effects, such as psychological symptoms, homelessness and becoming perpetrators of violence. Those seven effects, on average, triggered an additional 39 additional effects.

“It’s a complex series of interactions that spirals over time, exacerbating substance use, mental-health problems and violent behavior,” Van Dorn says. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a protagonist with poor impulse control and high anxiety.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the state of your mental health and how it affects your behavior.

Art Prompt: Mental Illness and Violence

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell  your audience about the complicated relationship between mental illness and violence.

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Monday LizzieBorden

Women who commit deadly violence are different in many ways from male perpetrators, both in terms of the most common victims, the way in which the murder is committed, the place where it is carried out and the perpetrator’s background. This is shown by a new study that also investigated homicide trends over time in Sweden…

“There were more pronounced differences between male and female perpetrators with adult victims compared with when the victim was a child (under 15 years). The adult victims of female perpetrators were more often male and an intimate partner. The victims were often under the influence of substances at the time of the crime and they died mostly due to knife violence,” said Thomas Nilsson, Researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy.

Another difference was that previous violence between the victim and the perpetrator was more common in cases of female perpetrators than male perpetrators, and that women more frequently committed crimes in the home environment. The home was the most common murder scene for all cases but it was even more common for female perpetrators, where the murder took place in the home in nearly 9 out of 10 cases.

Women were assessed to have carried out the crime under the influence of a severe mental disorder more often than men. Crimes committed by women were more frequently classified as manslaughter or infanticide (due to the fact that only women can be convicted of infanticide), while crimes committed by men are more frequently classified as murder or involuntary manslaughter by assault. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a violent woman and her crime.

Journaling Prompt: Do you judge violent men differently than violent women? Why?

Art Prompt: Violent women

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of an infamous female killer and her crime.

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On September 9, 1989, The Glasgow Herald reported that while serving ice cream in a van, an 18-year-old was shot in the shoulder and permanently disabled by a 23-year-old ice cream gang member, who felt so guilty he attempted suicide over the incident. In 1986 one ice cream van was robbed by two young men with “a plastic bag of two revolvers in it”; they planned to “damage ice-cream vans in Castlemilk,” a district of Glasgow.

By 1984, the violence had graduated to murder. Ice cream man Andrew “Batboy” Doyle infringed on someone else’s territory, and allegedly refused to back away or sell merchandise for the dominant gang’s vans. Another van company began intimidation tactics against Doyle. When the standard glass-breaking and threats didn’t drive him away, they started a fire at his house that ended in the deaths of Doyle and five members of his family, including an infant.

The police and public response to these murders were frantic, and the ice cream wars became central to one of Scotland’s most notorious miscarriages of justice. –Atlas Obscura

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about warring retailers.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the feelings that the ice cream truck song creates in you.

Art Prompt: Ice Cream Truck

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of the Ice Cream Truck Wars and give them some lessons that we can learn from it.

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…military-connected students reported higher levels of lifetime and recent substance use, violence, harassment and weapon-carrying compared with nonmilitary-connected students. For example:
* 45.2 percent of military-connected youth reported lifetime alcohol use compared with 39.2 percent of their nonmilitary-connected peers
* 12.2 percent of military-connected youth reported recently smoking cigarettes in the previous 30 days compared with about 8.4 percent of their nonmilitary peers
* 62.5 percent of military-connected students reported any physical violence compared with 51.6 percent of nonmilitary-connected students
* 17.7 percent of military-connected youth reported carrying a weapon at school compared with 9.9 percent of nonmilitary students
* 11.9 percent of military-connected students reported recent other drug use (e.g., cocaine and lysergic acid diethylamide [LSD]) compared with 7.3 percent of nonmilitary peers
Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a military-connected student who is struggling with inner demons.

Journaling Prompt: What inner demons did you struggle with as a teen?

Art Prompt: Inner demons

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problems that military-connected students struggle with and give them a call to action to help.

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Nodding to Alex at the security desk, Quinter stepped on the elevator and punched the number of his floor. When the elevator door opened on seven, he was startled by a cry coming from the direction of his office at the end of the hall. Unnerved, he broke into a trot down the narrow corridor. When he was within feet of the opened door to his office, he noticed the broken lock. –Quinter by C. Reynolds Keller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a quick scene describing what Quinter discovers.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you at work.

Art Prompt: Elevator 

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about workplace violence and give them tips for spotting the warning signs.

Photo Credit: Steve Snodgrass on Flickr


There are six pathways into and out of gangs, which include three that occur during adolescence, two that are maintained over a long period, and one that starts late in the teenage years and continues into adult. The study also found that 40 percent of the gang members were active as adults. Adult gangs were found to be a combination of carryovers from youth gang involvement and those initiated into gangs as adults. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story about an adult who joins a gang.

Journaling Prompt: Why do you think our society glamorizes violence and gangs? Are you working against this in your family and circle of influence?

Art Prompt: The pathway into gangs

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how people get recruited into gangs and tell them what they can do to fight it in their city.

Photo Credit: Neil Moralee on Flickr


Mankind’s greatest quest is no longer for food, or shelter, or freedom, or even to pass his genetic material onto future generations. Today, mankind’s greatest challenge is to avoid boredom. Without a steady and cathartic flow of quality entertainment, we know all too well that humanity would soon turn violently on itself and, in time, cease to exist. –Channel Blue by Jay Martel

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about a character that is plagued with boredom.

Journaling Prompt: When are you bored? What does this usually indicate is going on?

Art Prompt: The challenge of boredom

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem of boredom and give them strategies about how to combat it.

Photo Credit: Corrado Alisonno on Flickr

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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Adolf Hitler

Among leaders of groups that committed aggressive acts, there was a significant increase in expressions of anger, contempt and disgust from 3 to 6 months prior to the group committing an act of violence…
Matsumoto says the findings suggest a leader’s emotional tone may cause the rest of the group to share those emotions, which then motivates the group to take part in violent actions.
“For groups that committed acts of violence, there seemed to be this saturation of anger, contempt and disgust. That combination seems to be a recipe for hatred that leads to violence,” Matsumoto said.
Anger, contempt and disgust may be particularly important drivers of violent behavior because they are often expressed in response to moral violations, says Matsumoto, and when an individual feels these emotions about a person or group, they often feel that their opponent is unchangeable and inherently bad. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a hate group that escalates to violence.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings about hate speech.

Art Prompt: Hate Group

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about hate speech and its effect on society.

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