Even the people who've had experience with addiction, molestation, abusive fathers, hysterical mothers, horrible politicians, and Russian sporting events are not necessarily experts. At least not in the classic sense. They can be experts about themselves, their experiences. But no one else, no one else's experiences.
When it comes to horror, we like it ripped from the headlines, or so suggests the rise in popularity of true-crime thrillers.
The plight of women in prostitution has always captured our attention. We've seen plenty of plays, movies and books written about and by women of the streets -- all usually through a dreamy vaseline lens. Now comes to Chicago Shadow Town, a play by Mary Bonnett.
For a young man to report that his sergeant or an officer raped him is to not only to submit himself to having his masculinity questioned, but also to make himself vulnerable to the charge of insubordination which, in the military, is subversion.
How can we possibly reassure teens that they are safe and that these tragic events are low frequency events that are unlikely to happen yet again?
For a galvanized new civil rights movement and their allies in Maricopa County -- and across Arizona -- bringing down Sheriff Arpaio in this fall's election will be the first step in the right direction.
Sex crimes are on the rise. Day after day girls are sneaking out of the house to meet men that have chatted up on the Internet. I am surrounded by it every single day in my job.
Even though we do not have precise data on how many teachers and other educators abuse students, the recent Sandusky case at Penn State show that it is urgent for schools to take deliberate, comprehensive steps to safeguard students.
It is hard to believe that we still bury our heads in the sand when it comes to discussing private parts and their real names. Those of us who are in the business are fully aware that sex crimes know no boundaries.
According to the current standards, "Past offenses alone cannot show whether someone is mentally ill or likely to commit new crimes." Only when it comes to molesting children this is patently false.
Last June I was sexually molested by another gay man during L.A. Pride. Two weeks later, the New York Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act. I was sitting at the LAX airport when I heard the news. It was bittersweet for me; I wondered if gay men deserved to marry.
I work in a school district that has been shamed by sexual predators posing as teachers and the cumulative failures to prevent or stop them.
When it comes to boundaries, I've learned that it's best for us to listen to ourselves and to respect the way we feel. As women, we are so quick to respond and to make everyone else feel at ease, but our own feelings are just as important.
The victim's willingness and ability to report a crime is even more difficult if the alleged abuser is someone important or famous. It's for this reason that many victims do not come forward until years later -- long after a statute of limitations has run out.
A groundswell of demands for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's resignation continued to spread across local, county and state levels in Arizona today.