Addressing Violence in a Middle School: Discovering the Forgotten Victim

William R. Blount, University of South Florida

Lengthy discussions about the victims and the assault scenarios generated by extensive data collected about the nature and extent of school violence at a Middle School and the surrounding community brought to light the fact that while there are a multitude of services in place for the perpetrators of school violence, there were NO sevices available for victims. Victims were simply sent back to class and had to deal with their issues associated with the victimization, possible PTSD, trauma, shame, etc. on their own. As a result, a system was designed to address an entire series of victim issues, while at the same time being sensitive to additional victimization. How this came about and was accomplished is described.

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Updated 05/20/2006