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.
Like everyone else, I make the same old New Year's resolutions--eat better, exercise more, get more rest. And like everyone else, I forget about them ...
As an advocate for child protection in New York State, I was appalled to learn that hundreds of thousands of children who attend private schools in New York State aren't included in protections under the current Education Law 23-B entitled "Child Abuse in an Educational Setting.
An estimated one out of four girls and one out of six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18, the age in which most freshmen enter college. Even though I identify as a survivor of sexual violence, stories like mine are largely omitted in the current campus sexual violence movement.
Every Saturday night the Walsh families gathered for dinner, music, and cousin time. There were nine children, ranging in age from 4 to 14. It was ...
Last year, French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic reportedly sexually abused boys who were trying to subsist at a camp for those displaced by a brutal, ongoing conflict.
Child abuse is the most preventable youth sport injury. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse should not be the price children have to pay to play competitive sports. The status quo should and must be changed.
A few words from Pope Francis' visit to the US should be seen as timely reminders on three very contentious issues in the world today. I believe they are worth highlighting in view of the impassioned views they evoke in national and international news coverage.
The New York Times reported last week that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan -- 14 years on -- are under orders to be "culturally sensitive" regarding different attitudes among our Afghan allies about, uh . . . the sexual abuse of children.
Breaking the Silence is a catalytic moment in the emerging movement to end child sexual abuse. We must leverage the momentum of this film and go beyond conversation and into action.
Each year, official government reports indicate that more than 62,000 children are sexually abused. The numbers are especially staggering for girls aged 14-17, of whom researchers estimate more than 17% have experienced sexual abuse.
Words cannot describe what it feels like to watch thousands of strangers stand up and say, "You are beautiful and I not only believe in you, I want to do anything I can to help you. Thank you for being my voice!" Thousands of survivors have shared their stories with me.
Original illustration by Jake Reeves. When I was seven years old I was raped by a neighbor and dear friend of our family. Everyone thought he w...
It's not terribly surprising to learn that many trafficking victims have been exploited in a hotel. An NGO recently launched #DoesYourHotelKnow, a new awareness campaign that alerts hotels and travelers on what to do if we think it's happening (key: you don't have to be certain, that's up to the authorities to figure out).
My experience as a victim once included shame, and now being a victim is a simple fact: My perpetrator abused me, and as a result I was hurt. I still experience that hurt, but the shame I once felt does not belong to me.
Wildlike, a debut film written and directed by Frank Hall Green, is a nuanced, troubling, uplifting, beautifully rendered meditation on manhood and fatherhood. Its themes are timeless yet firmly rooted in here-and-now.