London Gang Crime- A Health Emergency & form of GBV

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Gang Crime a Health Emergency & form of Gender Based Violence

Knife crime has rapidly increased but the fact is the explosion of gang activity means children and young adults are now at risk of extreme violence including gun crime, acts from initiations sexual violence , trafficking and murder. How this links to gender based violence is through the Statistics and the very characteristics especially abuse and trafficking. 58% of the perpetrators of gang crime are black, ethnic minority teenage boys. CUTS in budgets for local authorities, organisations running extra curricular activites, schools, NHS and community groups means children from vulnerable families are most at risk. But the expanse of county lines means even children from middle and upper class families are at risk and have equally been groomed. The consequence of the cuts and lack of understanding of causational factors by police and front line workers at grass roots levels means it is difficult for young people to get support from the government and authorities which has directly lead to an increase in grooming, attacks, anxiety, mental health and young people falling into gangs.

This was explored deeper in my article published in August 2018 https://www.linkedin.com/…/gang-violence-form-gbv-jenny-ob…/

As at the time I was drafting this article , the list of those killed in London was:

1. January 1 – Steve Frank Navarez-Jara, 20

2. January 3 – Elizabeta Lacatusu, 44

3. January 8 – Daniel Frederick, 34

4. January 9 – Dami Odeyingbo, 18

5. January 11 – Harry Uzoka, 25

6. January 28 – Yaya Mbye, 26, Newington

7. January 29 – Juan Olmos Saca, 39

8. January 31 – Khader Saleh, 25

9. February 3 – Hassan Ozcan, 19

10. February 3 – Kwabena Nelson

11. February 8 – Hannah Leonard, 55

12. February 11 – Sabri Chibani, 19

13. February 13 – Saeeda Hussain, 54

14. February 14 – Lord Promise Nkenda, 17

15. February 18 – Lewis Blackman, 19

16. February 19 – Rotimi Oshibanjo, 26

17. February 20 – Sadiq Mohammed, 20

18. February 20 – Abdikarim Hassan, 17

19. February 25 – Michael Boyle, 44

20. March 1 – Christopher Beaumont, 42

21. March 5 – Laura Figueira, 47

22. March 5 – Kelva Smith, 20

23. March 14 – Lyndon Davis, 18

24. March 16 – Naomi Hersi, 36

25. March 17 – Russell Jones, 23

26. March 18 – Tyrone Silcot, 41

27. March 19 – Balbir Johal, 48

28. March 20 – Beniamin Pieknyi, 21

29. March 26 – David Potter, 50

30. March 29 – Reece Tshoma, 23

Now the number of those killed has mushroomed see the awful Statistics especially their ages:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/…/london-stabbings-knife-crime-st…/

We must treat this as a Gender Based Violence issue and Health emergency as I have been advocating – RIP. Dont let it be that insufficient action is taken and hundreds more young people die

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