By John Hagan
This box examine good points extensive own interviews of greater than 400 teens who've left domestic and faculty and live at the streets of Toronto and Vancouver. The learn examines why adolescence take to the streets, their struggles to outlive there, their victimization and involvement in crime, their institutions with different road adolescence, particularly inside of "street families," their contacts with the police, and their efforts to rejoin traditional society. significant theories of juvenile crime are analyzed and reappraised within the context of a brand new social capital concept of crime.
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Although we did not probe deeply for accounts of sexual abuse, they surfaced nonetheless. Sheneika is a typical case. " We asked her to tell us a bit about him, and she said: Well, my father, he's actually my stepfather . . I guess he figured that whatever he did at home would not, would not have any bearing on me and he used . . used to sexually assault me a lot. And uh, I got fed up with it, and once I turned 13,1 started running away. Sheneika then closed discussion of this topic, as quickly as she had introduced it, with the following remark: "I know it's not my fault.
Anything from her hand to her fist, a belt, wooden spoons, or else, anything she could get hold of, she would throw at us. Several respondents also spoke about difficulties that arose when stepparents or parents' "boyfriends" or "girlfriends" moved into their homes. In some cases, the problems they describe are commonplace: the disappointment that accompanies family breakdown and the difficulties of accepting new parents. Mat was shaken by his parents' divorce, and his comments capture his disillusionment and resentment toward his parents' new partners: Basically, like when I turned 16, it wasn't anything like what I expected from when I was a kid.
The concentration of street youth in this area is further encouraged by its proximity to several storefront agencies and hostels that provide services for homeless youth. For example, the two largest youth hostels that accommodate homeless youth are located in the Allan Gardens area, approximately twenty minutes' walk from Eaton Centre. This area also contains several smaller parks and abandoned buildings where street youth hang out and seek shelter. 1 Downtown Toronto. ONTARIO 16 MEAN STREETS Vancouver.