and more courts and more prisons and better investigative techniques
are fine, but the only way crime is going to go down is if all of us
simply stop accepting and tolerating it in our families, our friends,
and our associates. This is the lesson from other countries with far
lower numbers than ours. Only this type of grassroots solution, in
my opinion, will be effective. Crime is a moral problem. It can only
be resolved on a moral level....
Violence against children is one of the least
documented areas of personal crime. Out-of-pocket costs for child victims
are estimated to be more than $21 billion annually in medical costs,
lost earnings, and public costs related to victim assistance. When
pain, suffering, and the lost quality of life are estimated then the
annual cost is estimated at $157 billion.