Violence In Bryson's Kick Me Or Kiss Me

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The subject of violence and how it correlates to experiences during childhood, whether it may be growing up in poverty, an abusive home or having a rough childhood where all you see is killing around you. These are believed to be contributing factors into why so many people are violent as adults and end up in prison. “The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defense against injury and violence, as for his repose” Edward Coke. In the article “Kick Me or Kiss Me," Bryson talks about being a victim of physical abuse. She explains being abused by her father as a child and how it became normal to her. She also admitted to abusing her brother. Stating “I was the one who beat Joey. When my father was out, I slapped …show more content…
Children living in violent homes are too often scared or embarrassed to tell someone about their situation at home. It can also contribute to children not doing well in school, which makes them susceptible to dropping out. A violent home sets patterns for children which causes them to commit violence and abuse themselves and continues the cycle of violence and abuse. We know domestic violence have affected many women, yet we rarely even pay attention to the children that are being abused. Children who grow up without guidance are easily influenced, which can also make them receptive to drugs. Whether they start selling to earn money to get things they need or using to subside the pain of dealing with being in an abusive home. Research shows 29% of the prison population have suffered childhood abuse, 46% came from homes in which they either experienced or witnessed violence, 15% were homeless immediately before incarceration, and 62% have drug …show more content…
Members of her family were shot in front of her, she was abused as a child and had an addict for a mother. So at a young age, she started providing for herself by stealing. It is also said that she suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which a cause of the effects of the environment where she grew up. Many people who are physically and sexually abused make often suffer from mental disorders as well, and remaining in that environment does not help, some are not even being treated which may even lead to them committing

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