One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. That translates to an estimated 1.3 million women each year. Hundreds of thousands of children and elderly people are abused each year. The number of men being abused continues to increase.
One in six students are regularly bullied. In a survey of more than half a million children, 17% said they were bullied two to three times a month or more.
There are 14 active conflicts (wars) in the world today, accounting for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the last few years. Some of these conflicts are decades old.
Government data on family domestic violence cases reveals that a staggering number of animals are victimized by abusers each year. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that nearly 1 million animals annually are abused or killed in connection with domestic violence. There is also organized cruelty, such as dogfighting and cockfighting. Another form of animal neglect is animal hoarding.
It has been proven that the early teaching of philosophy, including social awareness, improves both math and reading proficiencies.