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What is real situation with juvenile crime in Ukraine?

Author : Anna Maliar

Who is to blame for the fact that minors commit crimes? Parents, school, state and society. The crime of minors is a mirror of society and its immediate future
23:26, 7 August 2018

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During the weekend, all TV channels and social networks shared a video from Odesa, where schoolgirls brutally beat a girl.

It's morally difficult to look at such things, but if you do not share it, the investigation on this case may not start also.

The problem exists, however, such videos distort the real situation and give the impression that all the young people are like that.

Myths and reality of juvenile delinquency in Ukraine (briefly).

- The criminal activity of adolescents is really 10 times higher than that of adults;

- the growth of juvenile delinquency in Ukraine exceeds the birth rate. This means that more people who have not reached the age of 18 resort to the crimes;

- the age of the highest criminal activity is 16-17 years.

But this is a myth that "there was not such youth in the USSR." Thus, from 1972 to 1991 in the USSR juvenile delinquency tripled. And the pioneer organization did not solve the problem of leisure of teenagers. And the cruelty existed also, it just wasn’t filmed on smartphones and shared on the Internet.

The crime of minors also grew in independent Ukraine until 2006. Then it gradually began to decline, acquiring more or less stable and predictable indicators.

But - and this is another myth - it began to decline not due to improvements in the country and the work of law enforcement agencies, but because in the early 1990s the birth rate had fallen dramatically. That is, until 2006, there were significantly fewer adolescents than 10 years before.

In addition, the formal decrease in juvenile delinquency was affected by changes in the criminal code. So, the amount of theft, after which criminal responsibility comes, increased. And minors most often commit theft. That is, most of them after the changes in the legislation began to bear administrative, and not criminal liability.

Who is to blame for the fact that minors commit crimes? All. Parents, school, state and society. The crime of minors is a mirror of society and its immediate future.

Just compare general and music schools. In music schools, children do not fight, because their leisure is planned by parents, because their worldview and the circle of interests are constantly expanding.

Secondly, the child reproduces those algorithms of behavior that he most often saw in his life.

Thirdly, the school education system does not allow a person to respect himself and earn respect in the team if he receives bad marks. Our schools still judge children with the marks, as well as parents. And this encourages children to find other ways of attracting attention.

Our schools provoke these "showdowns" themselves, because from the first grade pupils are taught not to tell their problems to the teacher. The teacher does not interfere in children's disputes. But it must be the other way around. The teacher must be a mediator. He is like the court for the adults. Going to the court is better than lynching. And our children are constantly taught lynching – solving their problems among themselves.

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