From the Salinas Californian: We’re all horrified at the thought of children suffering violence directly. But what many of us don’t realize is that simply being exposed to violence can harm a child for life — and impose huge costs on the community.
According to a recently released report, childhood exposure to violence, or CEV, is a national crisis, affecting about two out of every three American children.
The report follows a year of work by the US Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, co-chaired by baseball great Joe Torre and Justice Department administrator Robert Listenbee Jr.
Among the members of that task force was Georgina Mendoza, Community Safety Director for the City of Salinas. In the following interview, Mendoza describes the urgent need to address CEV both nationally and locally.