violence

Is ‘Knockout Game’ a Hate Crime?

Posted on 12/31/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayIt’s all the “rage” — or is it?  The “knockout game” — not really a game, but rather a violent form of assault — has made headlines across the nation over the past several months. It involves knocking out an unsuspecting victim with a single punch. Some news organizations have reported that the “game,” in which people of color, often older, are randomly attacked by young “players,” has become an epidemic. Others, while acknowledging that the game exists, brand the so-called trend …

Should Elder Abusers Be Able to Inherit From Their Victims?

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodaySay there’s an older adult — let’s call her Judy — who has difficulty caring for herself. Judy’s son, Charles, is her primary caretaker, but he abuses her, pinching her and refusing to give her dinner if she doesn’t stay quiet during his favorite TV show.  Judy’s doctor notices that she has bruises on her arms and is rapidly losing weight; she reports Charles to family services, and Charles is eventually convicted of felony abuse. After several months, Judy dies of unrelated …

Troubled Boy: What if He Were Your Grandson?

Posted on 12/19/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA heartfelt, searing blog post by a 40-year-old mother about her mentally ill son has made many parents and grandparents wonder how they would handle a child with frighteningly violent outbursts. Idaho mother Liza Long, who writes The Anarchist Soccer Mom blog, published her painfully honest post about her 13-year-old son soon after the horrific shooting of schoolchildren by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Her post — with the provocative phrase “I am Adam Lanza’s …

Grandparents: 5 Ways to Deal With a Bully (or Bullied) Grandchild

Posted on 04/23/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyBullying has been in the news far too much lately. It’s heartbreaking, life-changing and all too often life-ending. What constitutes bullying and how prevalent is it? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2009 that 20 percent of high school students nationwide experienced bullying. The National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics reports 28 percent of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying in 2008-09.  The federal government-run website, www.stopbullying.gov, defines bullying as: Bullying is unwanted, …