The Crime Of The Gangs Essay

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When presented with the topic of gangs society is taught that the men involved are the cause of violence and crime associated with this term. Many are unaware of the number of female participants in gangs not only in the United States, but across the world. “Gangs are studied because they are of social concern. That concern stems from typically “masculine” acts of vandalism, violence, and other serious threats. It was often assumed that females did not take part in such behavior, so early researchers were not interested in the delinquency of female gang members.” It comes as no surprise that most of the studies on girls and gangs come from journalists and social workers. The very few studies that were conducted found that over the past twenty years the severity and number of serious crimes that females have been committing are on a rise.
Starting in the 1980s, reports of female involvement in gangs, drug sales, and violence began to surface as a serious problem in America. Before this it wasn’t apparent to many that women played a role in these groups. Male participation in gangs were more obvious to the general public. Even before the slight increase of gang membership in the 70’s and 80’s females were involved in gang activity long before it was common.
As early as the 1800s, females were reported to have been involved in gangs, but their level of gang involvement is unclear. This lack of clarity is due to the fact that females were not the focus of gang curiosities.…

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