Over 60 Percent Of American Children Exposed To Violence

A Justice Department survey suggests that most American children are exposed to violence in their daily lives, though questions are being raised about those findings.

The Justice Department survey shows more than 60 percent of children surveyed were exposed to violence within the past year. It also finds that nearly half the children were assaulted at least once during the same period.

A leading criminologist cautions that the survey may be lumping serious and minor incidents together.

The survey's authors defined exposure to violence as being a victim, or having witnessed violence, or learning about violence against a relative, friend, or hearing about a threat to their school or home.

The survey also found that 1 in 5 of those surveyed between the ages of 14 and 17 reported that they had seen a shooting.

Attorney General Eric Holder is calling the survey's results "staggering."


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