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Child Molestation

Letter to My 12-year-old Self (That Took Me 4 Decades to Write)

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 01.19.2016 | Women
Kerrie L Cooper

Forgive yourself. Only now are you strong enough to face this. Aware enough to know that secrets, damaging when kept from others, are toxic when hidden within. You have taken the first step.

Muslims, Homosexuals, Christians and Terrorists

Adam Zaka | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Adam Zaka

When we force our views upon the world, we suffocate and disregard the life-force of those who co-exist around us. None of us will get anywhere until we learn to see each other eye-to-eye, and treat each other with the love and kindness we ourselves deserve.

How to Listen and Respond if Your Child Reveals Molestation

Laura Landgraf | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Landgraf

If the unthinkable happens to you, and your child trusts you with their secret, how you respond will make a huge difference in their emotional equilibrium and their ability to heal.

Closed Mouth Syndrome

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.11.2015 | Crime
Sophia Williams-Baugh

The 'closed mouth' syndrome leads to pain creating pain. If people worried more about talking things over with their children, we probably wouldn't have so many cases of child rape and molestation reports in the news WEEKLY.

David Lohr

MANHUNT: Convicted Sex Offender Allegedly Lured 14-Year-Old Girl From Home

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 07.01.2015 | Crime

The father of a missing teen who was last seen in the company of a sex offender with a lengthy criminal history, said his worst fear is that his daugh...

Josh Duggar and the Myth of Juvenile Justice

Thea Johnson | Posted 06.11.2015 | Crime
Thea Johnson

We are rightly frustrated by what happened with Josh Duggar. But we should direct that collective frustration and anger towards building new and better ways to rehabilitate children who commit crimes and to help their victims.

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.

The Dangerous Hypocrisy of the Right: The Josh Duggar Edition

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The rhetoric of religious freedom and the 'war on Christianity' -- so often used as a justification for discrimination against LGBTQ people -- has nothing to do with religion or faith.

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.

Friday Talking Points -- Double Standards and Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a rather loaded question: How much attention do you think the media should be paying towards a presidential nominee who is right now getting 13 to 15 percent support in public opinion polls of their party's voters?

Cult of Patriarchy

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Melissa Charles

His family, fans, and a politician have weighed in talking about how this was a 'teenage' mistake. And that God challenged them. They talk about how hard it is for Josh. About his victims? *crickets*

How A Son Who Was Molested By His Father Found The Strength To Forgive

OWN | Posted 05.27.2015 | OWN

During the final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," 200 men who had been molested as children came forward to help shatter the stigma of male sexual ...

Josh Duggar: No 'Teen' Mistake

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Melissa Charles

You don't allow a child predator to have ready access to a victim pool. Forgiveness is great...but protecting the innocent is the obligation of everyone who has children in their lives. And it's something that his victim's parents failed in. Horribly. Deliberately. Willingly.

19 Hypocrisies and Counting

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Josh Duggar is a role model. Everyone says so. Mike Huckabee has already pardoned him, and he's not even president yet!

Fugitive Minnesota Cult Leader Accused Of Child Molestation Captured In Brazil

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 03.02.2015 | Crime

The leader of a cult-like religious sect who was on the U.S. Marshall's Most Wanted List has been arrested by Brazilian authorities and faces extradit...

The Treacherous Intersection of Faith and Child Abuse

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.18.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Secrecy is essential to the crime of child molestation and when it encounters the sacred secrecy inherent to some religious organizations, an atmosphere is created in which the predator can thrive.

'Eleven' - A Brilliant Exposé of a Dark, Disturbing Topic

Pamela Glasner | Posted 02.11.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

If you've had any up-close-and-personal experience with the subject matter of Eleven, you may not imagine that 'transfixed' would be your reaction. But the story line is so well-conceived and so well-executed I'd say chances are pretty good it will be.

Playing Along to Stay Alive: Surviving Molestation

Oral Fixation | Posted 12.29.2014 | Arts
Oral Fixation

Because of what happened to me that night, I understand why people who've been molested are sometimes afraid to speak up. And that's why I tell this story -- for me and for them.

Gun Company Cuts Ties With 'Sons Of Guns' Star

Associated Press | Posted 08.28.2014 | Crime

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana firearms company at the center of the reality TV show "Sons of Guns" distanced itself from the program's star th...

Judge Calls Child Rapist A Vile 'Bitch'

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.20.2014 | Crime

A Georgia judge had tough words for a woman who pleaded guilty to helping her boyfriend rape and molest her two young daughters. "I don't know that...

Fugitive Minnesota Cult Leader Spotted In Washington

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.14.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Washington say they have received a "credible tip" as to the location of Victor Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who i...

Think You Can Solve the World's Problems? Don't Bother, I've Done It For You

Tammy Bleck | Posted 06.29.2014 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

Do aliens exist? Of course they do! Does anyone out there really think that we are the only intelligent (questionable) life in the universe? Besides, how else could we explain Kim Kardashian and Gary Busey? Hello?

MANHUNT: Fugitive Cult Leader Allegedly Said Sex With Kids Normal 'Because It Was In God's Word'

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

State and federal authorities are searching two states Wednesday for Victor Arden Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who is accused of ...

David Lohr

Church Organist Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 5 Boys Over 30 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 02.20.2014 | Crime

Authorities in New Jersey have charged a longtime church organist with molesting at least five boys during the past 30 years. Joseph Cuthbert, 71, ...