Victim Proneness Discussion


Victim Proneness Discussion

Victim Proneness Discussion


Week 2 – Discussion 2

Victim Proneness

Your textbook described the concept of shared responsibility and issues related to victim proneness, individual vulnerability, and personal accountability for one’s misfortunes. Evaluate the differences between three arguments outlined in the text: victim-blaming, victim-defending, and system-blaming arguments. Recall at least five risk factors for victimization that were described in the readings. Outline how each of these risk factors is associated with the three arguments indicated above.

In addition, review the authors call for crackdown on crime victims. Explain the controversy surrounding this issue. Posts should be at least 300 words. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings by Day 7.

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1. Textbook      Karmen, A. (2016). Crime victims: An introduction to victimology (9th ed.). Retrieved from       Chapter 4: A Closer Look at the Victims of Interpersonal Crimes of Violence and Theft       Chapter 5: The Ongoing Controversy over Shared Responsibility Recommended Readings 1. Article:     Rennison, M.C. and Planty, M. (2006). Reassessing Who Contributed Most to the Decline in Violence      During the 1990s: A Reminder That Size Does Matter. Violence and Victims., 21(1), 23-47. (ProQuest       Document ID: 993203211).

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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