Posted by: joshjasper | February 16, 2009

Sign of the times

This morning I had the opportunity to participate in a number of live radio interviews to talk about Riverview Center and our need to hire an additional therapist for our Dubuque office.  First stop was Y105, or better known as “Chris and Aaron in the morning.”  Well, the radio show is now without Aaron due to cutbacks made at the radio station.  Next stop should have been with Mike Fields on the AM station.  Effective this past week though, Mike is no longer with the station as well. This of course is only one of many examples that I and others in our community have experienced concerning the recession we all find ourselves in and struggling to escape.

I must say the recession that our country is currently in seems to have not been real until I have made contact with people that have been directly affected by this economic downfall.  Often times I am asked about how the economy effects our rate of services, implying that more people are raped within times of economic hardships.  Although it is true that additional stressors can be a factor when examining the rates of violence in our communities, I believe it is a mistake to assume that rapes and other forms of violence against women and children significantly spike due to specific factors.  If this were the case, it would be fair to assume that during prosperous times, violence rates would be lower than normal.  This is unfortunately not the case.

Violence has everything to do with being a learned, normalized behavior.  My hope is that even during times of stress and difficulty, we as a community can rise above this strain to achieve greatness.  This greatness I dream about has to do with respecting others, equality, and teaching skills that foster peace.

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