Death wish, noun.
- A desire for self-destruction, often accompanied by feelings of depression, hopelessness, and self-reproach.
A suicidal urge thought to drive certain people to put themselves consistently into dangerous situations.
- In 1995, 32,130 males age 12 and older were victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.
- Teens 16 to 19 were three and one-half times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.
- About 44% of rape victims are under age 18
- Murder (homicide), which is the tenth leading cause of death for males in the United States
- Homicide with a firearm was the second leading cause of death of persons between the ages of 10 and 24.
- Two thirds of all 1992 US murders were accomplished with firearms. Handguns were used in about half of all murders. Sharp instruments were used in 17% of murders and blunt instruments in about 6%.
- Over 65% of murders are males killing males.
- Nearly half of murderers were strangers to the victim.
- Saturday was the most popular day-of-the-week to be murdered.
- Murder rates are higher in the afternoon than in the morning, but are highest at night -- climbing steadily from 6 pm, peaking at 11 pm and declining thereafter.
You snuck out and no one knew where you were if something happened to you. Plus, they probably would not even start looking for you until the next day. You also lied to many people about where you were (to their face or by letting them believe something you know wasn’t true), damaging their trust. You were out on a Saturday night, in the dark, in the rain – one of the most dangerous times to be out, especially alone. You got in the car of a stranger.
1. Why do you think we, your parents, want you to be safe? (write 1 paragraph)
2. How do you think we, your parents, would feel if you got hurt or worse? (write 2 paragraphs)
3. Why do you engage in risky, self-destructive behavior? (write two paragraphs)
4. Do you think you will change this behavior? If yes, how (be very specific)? If no, why not? (be very specific) (write 2 paragraphs)
5. Read the Driving Expectations page. List all the expectations that you are having trouble with. 6. Why do you think we require these behaviors before you can drive? (Write at least 2 sentences per expectation)