Why are there so many stories about mental illness, and violence, in the media all of a sudden?
I was born in 1968. So my memories go back to at least the 70's. And it was never like this. I recall back in the 80's, for example, once in a while there was a story like this. But now it is literally every week. Sometimes even several times a week. What gives? And what is different now?
Most mentally are not violent, BTW. And of course, Pres. Reagan did cut funding to mental health services, a trend that continues to this day, I understand.
But still something is undeniably different. Clearly not a conspiracy, at least not a well-planned one. But as I said, something is clearly different now.
Because Jim, the media wasn't as opeen as it is now. Now we have the internet. Back then, honestly, people didn't give a shit. This is a touchy subject for me because I deal with a lot of abuse, and I have multiple impairments. However, the authorities constantly refer to my medical history and what little they really know.
Here's some light reading tfor you, so you can hopefully grasp the situation a bit better-
1. Scott, Leslie. “It Never, Ever Ends”: The Psychological Impact of Wrongful Conviction". 2010. American University Criminal Law Brief 5, no.2 (2010):10-22.
2. Cook, L. "Americans with Disabilities More Often Victims of Violent Crimes". May 2016. U.S. News & World Report.
3. Yiannopoulos, M. "Meet Rape Panic’s Latest Victims: The Disabled". July 2015. Retrieved from www.breitbart.com
4. "Mentally ill 'at high risk of being victim of violence'". February 2012. BBC News. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/health.
5. Hiday, V., et.al. "Criminal Victimization of Persons With Severe Mental Illness". 1999. Psychiatric Services 50: 62-68. "NEW STUDY: Mentally Ill Are Often Targets of Violence". No Author. 2015. Retrieved from http://www.treatment...out-us/our-blog
6. Shipman, M. "Study Shows Mentally Ill More Likely to Be Victims, Not Perpetrators, of Violence". February 2014. Retrieved from https://news.ncsu.edu/
7. Desmarais, S., et. al. “Community Violence Perpetration and Victimization Among Adults With Mental Illnesses”. February 2014. Published American Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301680
8. "Victimization: One of the consequences of failing to treat individuals with severe mental illnesses". March 2011. Backgrounder, Treatment Advocacy Center. Retrieved from http://www.treatment...cacycenter.org/
9. McBratney, L. "Victimization of People with Mental Illness - Barriers to Reporting Crime". 2015. Retrieved from http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/, Reprinted from "Trauma and Victimization" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3 (3), pp. 8-9 "Violence & mental health". 2008. Retrieved from http://www.time-to-change.org.uk
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