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Child Abuse

Gotta Ban Them All

Karen L Pollock | Posted 07.27.2016 | Parents
Karen L Pollock

Those calling for a ban on Pokemon Go claim paedophiles will use the app to lure children away from Pokestops and Gyms (places where more than one player may encounter each other). For many years this was the standard warning children were given about child abuse. The reality, as any professional who works with the survivors/victims of child abuse knows, is very different.

Denial, More Than Anything, Is Hindering Progress For Victims Of Child Sexual Abuse

Nikki DuBose | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Nikki DuBose

If money is one hell of a drug, then denial is one of the biggest drug dealers in the world. And no group understands that truth better than survivors of child sexual abuse. While survivors, advocates and some lawmakers have fought hard to bring justice, there's been little progress made; if anything, we've been forced to take giant steps backwards

Reframing Forgiveness

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We can't force someone to forgive. Therefore, the road to forgiveness may also involve understanding the person who has harmed us. This requires starting off on a journey that may entail a close examination of the person we need to forgive. The journey can be long and torturous.

Ex-Teacher Aide Accused Of Filming Kids Indicted On 270 Child Sex Charges

Reuters | Nina Golgowski | Posted 06.29.2016 | Crime

A former Maryland teaching assistant has been indicted on 270 child sex charges that include filming videos of students at an elementary school, state...

Police Report: Michael Jackson Stockpiled Nude Images Of Children

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 07.02.2016 | Entertainment

Police discovered Michael Jackson had a large collection of pornography, which allegedly included images of children, animal torture and gore, reporte...

Stanford and My Fear of Being Tomorrow's News Headline

Matt Pipkin | Posted 06.20.2016 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

If the only time we discuss these issues and take action is when it's a big news headline, an unintended consequence is that silence will be perpetuated by people's fear of being the next headline on the evening news. No thanks.

'Love Is Something If You Give It Away"

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Twenty feet from me, four-year-old children are giggling, sitting in a circle in a small room, waiting to find out what happens next in this new place...

'Real World' Star Writes His Own (Queer) Book of Mormon Story

Christopher Ammon | Posted 06.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Ammon

When our stories are silenced -- by an abuser, a religion, a government or even by our own pain or insecurity -- our ability to educate and heal ourselves and own community is diminished.

8 Siblings Confront The Woman They Say Saw Them Be Abused As Children

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Dr. Phil

Thirteen children lived in Mansa Musa Muhummed’s house, where they were tortured, starved, beaten and, one of them was raped at the hands of their p...

Internet Providers Need To Do More To Stop Child Sex Live-Streaming: UNICEF

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poor families in the Philippines are pushing their children into performing live sex online for paedophiles arou...

Outrageous Outrage

Jim McKay | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Jim McKay

So we have outrage over the killing of the gorilla (Harambe) at the Cincinnati Zoo. We have outrage over the child's mom for apparently looking the ot...

A Horrific Flashback

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.31.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Just when I think I've seen it all, or at least a lot of it over 15 years of Pajama Program, a horrific memory engulfs me and shakes me all over again...

Governor Cuomo and Legislature Must Show Leadership on Abuse

Eli Verschleiser | Posted 05.31.2016 | New York
Eli Verschleiser

I have spent much of my life fighting for the protection of kids, teenagers, and the underdog. All too often I encounter young people whose lives were ruined by the scourge of sexual abuse which harms their self-esteem and ability to thrive and function as adults.

Religious Defense of Child Marriage in Trinidad and Tobago Ignites Firestorm

Jessica Joesph | Posted 05.23.2016 | Impact
Jessica Joesph

Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is ablaze with anger and a sleeping giant has awoken. The Inter Religious Organization (IRO) voted 17 to 24 in favor of keeping an old colonial law allowing child marriage of girls as young as 12 years old.

Orphanage Volunteering's Shocking Link to Child Abuse

Pippa Biddle | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

I never thought that playing catch with a kid could be a bad thing, or that goofing off could contribute to long-term psychological damage. Even now, ...

We Owe Dylan Farrow An Apology

Harry Lewis | Posted 05.13.2016 | Media
Harry Lewis

To Dylan: I am sorry. I am outraged, embarrassed, and ashamed. I am sorry that it took me this long to find your story. I am sorry that it took us this long to take you seriously. I am sorry that your voice was apparently not enough to get us to pay attention

This Mother's Day, End Bullying

Barbara C. Unell | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Barbara C. Unell

Study after study tells us that this kind of bullying in the name of discipline is leading to the high level of violence and child maltreatment experienced in this country. The thought of an adult, supposedly a caring adult, using such an instrument to "discipline" a child is beyond comprehension.

No Sympathy for Perpetrators

Laura Landgraf | Posted 06.28.2016 | Crime
Laura Landgraf

I Am Not That Person. Just not. I admire those who are. But it’s not me. What am I talking about? I have very little sympathy and no empathy for chi...

Self Care if Your Child Reveals Molestation

Laura Landgraf | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents
Laura Landgraf

It’s incendiary, the bomb of incest or molestation. One moment life as you know it is sailing along, the next it has exploded before your very eyes....

A Photo Essay About Child Abuse Prevention

Satoki Nagata | Posted 05.03.2016 | Arts
Satoki Nagata

The parameters are simple; 30-minute sessions between photographers, Satoki Nagata, and subject take place in one gallery in downtown Chicago. The concurrent theme that ties each subject together is "child abuse prevention".

Pope Condemns Pedophilia Following Reports Of Child's Death

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.02.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis called for "severe punishment" for pedophiles on Sunday after new details emerged in Italy of the 2014 death of a six-year-old girl who i...

'My Son Was Shaken and Is in he Hospital -- I Need Help'

Marisa McPeck-Stringham | Posted 04.28.2016 | Parents
Marisa McPeck-Stringham

Every April, parents and professionals come together to raise awareness about child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Around the country different communities get together and try to educate parents and the public about preventing child abuse.

How Rape and "Pro-Life" Politics Are Intimately Connected

Katherine Ripley | Posted 04.28.2016 | Women
Katherine Ripley

The anti-abortion lobbyists who write these laws think they're protecting the lives of "unborn children," but they have no regard for the lives of the child rape victims whom they are re-raping by forcing them to deliver their abusers' children.

Dear Target: It's Not Your Job to Protect My Children

Steve Austin | Posted 04.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Austin

It's not the job of a big box store with more inclusive bathroom policies than some people prefer to police my children as they use the restroom. Target isn't the FBI or the local police department. They are a public retail store, open to people from all walks of life, including some who identify with gender in complex ways.

A Year After the Earthquake, Nepal Is a Man-Made Disaster

Gordon Brown | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Gordon Brown

LONDON -- Humanitarian aid rests on the belief that a crisis is a short-term event lasting days, weeks or months, not years. From Syria to Sudan, history says otherwise. Faced with life on the streets, children impacted by a crisis need more than the basics for survival. They need to be able to secure skills for the times ahead. And they need hope. An education -- the prospect of being able to plan and prepare for the future -- is most likely to secure this hope.