SHORT COMMUNICATION 360
The Growing Trend
When Jesus was being crucified in such a cruel and painful way he uttered these words, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing." Well, the same words can be said about the recent trend going on in Orange County, California during the past four years: Suicide. Orange County residents have been killing themselves in increasingly large numbers. Since 2008 the increase is 20 percent. That is an alarming increase and situation, although it is not just off the cuff. There are two solid reasons for trend increase: Bad economy; teenagers and cyberbullying.
When the bad economy developed in 2008, California was hit very hard and led the U.S. in unemployment. Orange County was hit the hardest in the state. Many workers lost good jobs and others could not find a job. And the recovery from the bad economy took much longer than elsewhere. That definitely helped the suicide trend to increase.
While the bad economy took it's toll, another trend increased: Cyberbullying. That happens when one bully bullies another through digital transmissions which are humiliating and devastating. Teen girls make the mistake of having sexual encounters with teen boys and others. Frequently the encounters are photos, and later they are anonymously digitally transmitted showing the girls and their naked bodies: bare breasts, bare bottoms, and genitals clear and fully exposed. Then the girl can be shown having intercourse, but that is not the end of it.
The girl in the transmission is usually bullied and becomes embarrassed, humiliated, and full of intense mental suffering. All of that has led to many teen girl suicides. Teen boys also commit suicides for one reason or another, many times it's because of strict parental control or boys bullying boys.
Audrie Pott's sexual episode with three boys ended up being digitally transmitted without her knowledge. She suffered all the related results. After eight days of it she called her mother from school to pick her up. As soon as she arrived home she ran to the bathroom and hanged herself. Her mother couldn't believe it. The grieving was instantaneous.
Ordinary suicides have also been on the increase because of age degeneration and illness. It's more common now for someone to murder family members and then the murderer commits suicide rather than end up in a trial and a prison sentence.
In Orange County the 20 percent increase in suicides has been during the past 4 years alone. The year 2011 was the worst: Gunshot (107) was the leading method and hanging (95) wasn't far behind. In 2012 gunshot suicides remained nearly the same while hanging greatly decreased. Regardless of the type, suicides happen often.