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Politicians can invest now in violence prevention – public interest demands it – no more excuses (post 35)

Smart politicians must invest now in proven violence prevention. It is more cost effective than reactive policing and more jails. So the public interest calls for investment in what works to reduce violence, smarter use of current police resources and a shift to prevention from taxes wasted on over-use of jails.

For this investment to remain fiscally neutral, politicians must simultaneously limit the growth of incarceration. We know that a dollar of taxpayers money invested in early childhood or youth prevention will have the same impact on crime as $7 on the operation of prisons.

Politicians can no longer prop-up their inaction on proven violence prevention. It is easy to access the knowledge. It is affordable. Inaction is costing gains in immediate opportunities for at risk youth and long term pain to victims and misspent taxes.

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Keep Rape Out of Politics and Politics Out of Rape – By Anne Seymour and Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D. (post 33)

It simply boggles our minds and breaks our hearts that rape has been far too casually leveraged within the realm of politics.

For the millions of women, men and children in America who are victims of rape and sexual assault, the psychic wounds of victimization seldom heal. Every time rape is dismissively discussed by people who have no clue about this crime and its tragic effects, the potential for survivors’ wounds to reopen is huge.

And if you insist on merging rape with politics, we offer one important exception. Why not do it in a way the actually helps and doesn’t harm rape and sexual assault survivors?

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Where are the political champions for crime victim rights? (post 24)

Political champions for victim rights at the International Criminal Court and the EU have set practical international standards to provide victims with protection, justice, truth and reparation.

Unfortunately, national political champions for victim rights do not often put their money where their mouth is. The USA provides some important exceptions. Further, leading victim advocates and my recent books provide the logic, practical examples and ways to innovate.

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Siding with crime victims requires successful prevention (post 23)

Being on the side of crime victims requires successful implementation of violence prevention that works. If governments and so taxpayers are to pay on the basis of results in reducing the number of victims of crime, we would see a massive shift from traditional policing strategies and mass incarceration to smart problem oriented policing and targeted social crime prevention.

For the harm done by the offender, he is responsible. For the harm done because we do not use the best knowledge when that is available to us, we are responsible. We and several government websites show we have the knowledge and so let´s side with crime victims and stop them being victimized in the first place.

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