Have you heard of "cutting"? If you're a parent, you had better read up. "Cutting" refers to self-mutilation -- using knives, razor blades or even safety pins to deliberately harm one's own body -- and it's spreading to a school near you.Of course not all cutters are into any one type of music, and not all cuters do it for the same reason. But it is growing in popularity. And as one cutter told me, "It's a disease." Parents and youth leaders need to be aware of this dangerous trend and watch for its signs.
Actresses Angelina Jolie and Christina Ricci did it. So did Courtney Love and the late Princess Diana. On the Internet, there are scores of Web sites (with titles such as "Blood red," "Razor blade kisses" and "The cutting world") featuring "famous self-injurers," photos of teenagers' self-inflicted wounds and descriptions of their techniques.
The destructive practice has been depicted in films targeting young girls and teens (such as "Thirteen"). A new music genre -- "emo" -- is associated with promoting the cutting culture. . . . [MORE]
For those dealing with victims of self-cutting, or for those dealing with the problem, it's important to understand some of the many different factors involved. While it may be a result of peer influence for some, there may be severe emotional pain that the victim is dealing with. One cutter wrote, "You cut to trade one kind of pain for another." One helpful article is the Wikipedia entry on "Self-Harm."
To the cutters, I would suggest that there are safer and wiser ways to deal with whatever motivates you to cut. Recognize that your pain and this behavior of cutting is something that really needs help - help that doesn't harm your body. Open up and talk to your parents or a doctor or counselor or someone who can listen. God did not make our bodies for this purpose, so if you feel a drive to damage yourself, something is terribly wrong, and people who care for you need to be involved to help you find the assistance you need.