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Domestic Violence towards Queer Youth

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Domestic Violence towards Queer Youth
“Psychological abuse from family members affects queer youth more than any other group of adolescents” (Young 1). “The constant assaultiveness of parents eventually is reflected in more ways than one in the behavior of children” (Kurland 10). Both statements refer to the old, yet still rising problem of domestic violence towards queer youth. Queer youth frequently face a variety of forms of domestic violence and attempt to cope with such forms; however, a situation similar to the aforementioned does not always work out well. Queer youth that verify their sexual identities to friends and family can suffer from domestic violence that can manifest as physical abuse, corrective rape, and reparative therapy; these forms of violence can form problems later in life.
Most violence stems from a need to “punish” a child for their sexual identity; the more common of these violent manifestations is physical abuse. This form of abuse has a very rigid definition: violence marked by any physical harm or any sort of threat of harm. However, this sort of behavior can only be considered physical abuse if it either causes damage to one’s property or one’s body on accident or on purpose. The GMDVP also goes on to say that “if the [victim] is fearful of the abuser, if the [victim] modifies his behavior in response to the assault or potential assault, or if the [victim] intentionally maintains a particular routine of behaviors in an effort to avoid violence – despite his preference not to do so – then this is…abuse.” This alteration in behavior is often used in response to the violence constituting physical abuse, merely out of raw fear.
In this light, it should be noted that physical abuse takes on many forms. ...

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...g we have to cope with most intensively” (Kurland 126). Violence within families and communities takes on many forms, all of which are very valid and all too real. One must strongly consider dealing with these sorts of abuse, for without proper guidance, queer youth can suffer incredibly severe damage in many forms of their lives, both in their presents and their futures. Kurland adds that “often parents are extremely punitive and violent, probably repeating what they learned in their own childhood” (Kurland 17). With this information, one can infer that the first step towards solving domestic violence-related issues is a step towards better communication, and until such differences are solved, the problem is never truly gone—and as the problem stands, the job to eradicate domestic violence still stands as well, and we shall fight until we need not fight any longer.
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