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Foster Youth Questival 2015

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

After four years, and taking dozens of novice climbers up Mt. Shasta, I know that I have helped to impart a little beauty into those lives. And to know that beauty, calm and sense of accomplishment lives on without me makes it all worth it.

Tackling Childhood Trauma in DC Schools

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.24.2015 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.

Supreme Court Allows Use Of Child Abuse Evidence

AP | By SAM HANANEL | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in cour...

(W)right It Out

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

I always knew I had a story to tell, but just didn't know when I could tell it without severe consequences.

How to Smear a United Nations Whistleblower

Bea Edwards | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

After the first article about the child sex abuse scandal in the Central African Republic (CAR) involving French troops appeared, a UN Spokesperson sounded off to a journalist about Kompass.

Papal Tribunals

Martin Marty | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Can Pope Francis and thousands of Catholic--and other--personnel recover, emerge, and get back to their vital work, regaining trust?

A Father's Day Tribute to My Mother

Karl Wilder | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Karl Wilder

I call my mother every Father's Day. There was a man in the house, but I have made no secret about the fact that he was never a father to me, in any sense of the word. When I needed my mother, she was there. When I needed a father, she was also there.

In Response to the Duggar Family: Responding to Sexual Behavior Problems in Youth

Teresa Huizar | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

For Children's Advocacy Centers, many of our most heart-wrenching cases involve families in which sibling abuse has occurred. Parents are distraught about the victimization of one child, while terribly worried about the legal consequences to another child.

The Greatest Myth of Child Sexual Abuse

Paul Mones | Posted 06.10.2015 | Crime
Paul Mones

Perhaps the most enduring and pervasive American myth concerning child sexual abuse is that nice guys don't molest children; and it's a pernicious myth because it denies the reality of a victim's suffering.

Children Are in Need of Families, and You May Be the Perfect Fit

Rita Soronen | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Rita Soronen

There are many ways to help make a difference, but the most direct and surest way to make a profound, life-changing impact in the life of a child who has experienced abuse or neglect is to adopt a waiting child from the foster care system.

Thank You, Dr. Ellen Pence

Tania Bradkin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
Tania Bradkin

Did you know that 1 in 4 women in the United States are victims of domestic violence? I was surprised by how little has been done to recognize Dr. Ellen Pence, the woman who founded the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Program (DAIP) utilized in all 50 states.

Kindness Every Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time.

The Danger Of 'It Wasn't Really Rape'

Pamela Jacobs | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Pamela Jacobs

Jim Bob claims that, "This wasn't rape or anything like that. This was touching over the clothes." This perception that touching is somehow less traumatic than penetration is not only false, it is incredibly damaging to victims, and helps perpetuate a culture of victim-blaming.

6 Tools to Help Protect Children from Sexual Abuse

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Stacey Steinberg

In light of the Duggar abuse scandal, protecting children from sexual abuse is on many parents' minds. Avoiding all risk is unlikely, but there are steps parents can take to minimize their child's risk of sexual abuse. These tools will also help children get help if victimization occurs.

Mother Of Daughter Killed By Army Father Pushes For 'Talia's Law'

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 06.05.2015 | Crime

The 2005 beating death of 5-year old Talia Williams followed months of gruesome abuse at the hands of her father, Naeem Williams, then an active-duty ...

Top UN Myths About Sex Abuse in the Central African Republic

Bea Edwards | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

Misinformation and disinformation continue to surround the Kompass episode. What follows is an effort to separate the fact from the fiction.

Breaking Free of Silence and Shame

Dani Bostick | Posted 06.03.2015 | Women
Dani Bostick

At 36 I walked into a police station and reported a crime that happened nearly three decades ago. In doing so, I gave voice to the voiceless child who endured years of sexual abuse by her swim coach.

Josh Duggar's "19 Felonies and Counting"

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 06.01.2015 | Media
Burke E. Strunsky

There is no doubt the Duggars and law enforcement chose to tune out on this one, but the reality is that most families that discover sexual abuse within their clan conceal it--just not with three million viewers looking on.

Joshua Duggar and the Scandal of Evangelical Celebrity

Brandan Robertson | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

The Joshua Duggar controversy is one of dozens of scandals that have emerged from within conservative Christianity. In the midst of the tidal wave of scandal, we must ask whether these situations are a matter of coincidence or symptomatic of a larger issue with the religious system in which they are occurring?

What About The Girls? Josh Duggar's Dirty Laundry

Jill Robbins | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

I can only imagine the terrible pain I would face it one of my boys told me they'd done something to hurt an innocent young girl. It would be indescribably hard to do the right thing and speak up. But as a mom to a daughter, it would be impossible not to.

Mother Of Daughter Killed By Army Father Will Get $2 Million

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 05.27.2015 | Crime

HONOLULU (AP) -- The U.S. government will pay an Atlanta woman $2 million for the Hawaii beating death of her 5-year-old daughter at the hands of a fo...

How to Make a Degenerate: A Mother's Day Graduation

Cindy Withjack | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Cindy Withjack

"What are you doing for Mother's Day?" a coworker asks, while absentmindedly I move and move again objects in front of me on the counter. I feel lava run through my ear cartilage and consider carefully each potential response.

The Disappearing Sex Offender

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

As a legislator, one of the biggest concerns I have is public safety. Keeping the public safe from the many dangers that are prevalent in today's society is a challenge. One area of work I have spent a great deal of time on is keeping children safe from sex abuse.

Horrific Forced Sex Camps Train Girls For Child Marriage In Zambia And Mozambique

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2015 | World

By Emma Batha CASABLANCA, May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls as young as eight in Mozambique and Zambia are forced to go to ...

British Police Say 261 'People Of Public Prominence' Suspected Of Child Sex Abuse

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2015 | World

LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) - British police investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse said more than 1,400 people had been named as suspec...