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What Is Violence?

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What Is Violence?

"Violence" may seem to be a set-in-stone concept, but perceptions can change. As we begin to consider some of the more common types of violence found in our society, it will be helpful to discuss how we perceive certain violent acts. With this in mind, respond to the following questions:

In what ways does being a victim of violence, or being a witness to violence, impact one's perceptions?
Do people's attitudes toward violence change as a result of how violence is portrayed in popular culture? For instance, do expressions of violence as part of entertainment cause us to redefine our understanding of violence? Consider the popularity of MMA fighting, books like Fifty Shades of Grey, violent TV shows like The Sopranos or Game of Thrones. . . do these forms of entertainment lead to more general acceptance of violence?
Does violence ever serve a useful purpose in society? In other words, are there acceptable forms of violence? If so, how do "acceptable" forms of violence differ from those we find objectionable?
Last, discuss the role of power in our perceptions of violence. Are we more likely to find violence objectionable when it is perpetrated by someone in a position of power over the victim? Provide an example to illustrate your response.
Explain your reasoning in your answers to all the questions. cite in Apa

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In what ways does being a victim of violence, or being a witness to violence, impact one's perceptions?

A person who is a victim of violence or witnesses' violence has the propensity to become fearful of their surroundings, fearful of other people, and to live in perpetual fear of becoming a victim again. This is why victims of violence are considered to suffer from symptoms as survivor guilt if they survive attacks but others die as their perception can become altered and they feel as they are responsible for their victimization. Many rape victims suffer from this as they lose their perception of the fact that they are victims and no one else should be blamed but the perpetrator, but often their perception is altered because of society's response to rape.

Do people's attitudes toward violence change as a result of how violence is portrayed in popular culture? For instance, do expressions of violence as part of entertainment cause us to redefine our understanding of violence? Consider the popularity of MMA fighting, books ...

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The expert defines violence. The impact on ones perception of violence is discussed.

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