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Child Abuse

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

Teresa Huizar | Posted 06.10.2016 | 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 06.09.2016 | 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 06.10.2016 | 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 06.09.2016 | 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 06.09.2016 | 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 06.08.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | 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 06.03.2016 | 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 05.29.2016 | 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 05.29.2016 | 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 05.28.2016 | 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.

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

Cindy Withjack | Posted 05.22.2016 | 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 05.21.2016 | 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 05.21.2016 | 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...

How Legal Abortion Helps American Families

David A. Grimes | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
David A. Grimes

The net effect of abortion is helping to ensure that every child born will be wanted, loved, and well cared for. This is a goal for American families around which there should be broad agreement.

To the Heroes Advocating on Behalf of Abused Children

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Stacey Steinberg

Please remember that you change lives every single day. You see things most 'regular people' pretend don't exist. You nurture broken hearts by day and fall asleep at night wishing only that you could have done more.

Why 'Mommie Dearest' Intrigues Me

Erin Donley | Posted 05.11.2016 | Women
Erin Donley

Christina Crawford gave us a GIFT in writing her book. It opened infected wounds so healing could occur for millions of people. Because of the book, campaigns to stop child abuse grew exponentially, and regulations in the adoption process were strengthened. She also revealed the delusional and damaging ways in which we view the rich and famous.

When We're Treating Our Kids Like Trash, What Else Is Left?

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 05.12.2016 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

We're throwing children away like trash and there's nothing that I can say to change that fact. Shame on us.

A Mother's Love

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.11.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day we hear stories about extraordinary women who stand up for children who are alone and neglected, women who have families of their own and take steps to adopt a child, take in a troubled teen, open their arms and homes to abandoned, sometimes sick babies.

Anders Kompass May Return to Work at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Bea Edwards | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Yesterday, the UN Dispute Tribunal lifted the suspension of Anders Kompass, the senior staff member at the OHCHR who transmitted allegations of pedophilia by French troops in the Central African Republic to the French police. The decision shows that the grounds for placing Kompass on leave are bogus.

Healthy Romantic Relationships Play A Huge Role In Helping Child Abuse Survivors Cope

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2016 | Healthy Living

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Child abuse survivors who find stable romantic relationships as adults may also find that these r...

We Celebrated That Mother in Baltimore. Now, Are We Willing to Face Our Own Hypocrisy?

Goldie Taylor | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Goldie Taylor

On the one hand, we lift up and celebrate the non-violent legacy of Dr. King. On the other, we want to know why aren't there more mothers, like the one in the video, willing to beat their children into submission. Forgive me cable pundits, if I am not able to hear you talking out of both sides of your neck.