I take your point. But what I saw when I was a social worker (1982-1994), in a medium-sized Northern city and then in a small Southern city, and much more since just as an aging dude/teacher, is that family breakdown, even more ominously than crime per se, is more widespread and violently virulent than before. Though the one--violent family breakdown--sure will lead to the other--violent crime. Largely due to/symbolized by hard drug abuse. I don't have the stats for this on-hand, but the number of severely neglected kids, even setting abuse rates and severities aside, is shocking. Tons of kids in foster care, tons of kids w/ mom in jail and "dad" who the hell knows where...just careening through life not even knowing what their own needs are, much less where and how to meet them. Add to this the plague of equally lost entitled rich kids numb to everything but whatever more-intensive video game can further numb them to life's caring connections, and it's heartbreaking, and ominous. I'm no prude, but if we decouple sex from meaning, if we keep intensifying our addiction to fun-for-the-moment sensations and distractions, if we raise kids by not raising them, what kind of culture can we sustain?