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Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

Let's Not Forget the Other Victim

Amy E. Bonomi | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Amy E. Bonomi

As the nation faces a historic moment in the domestic violence prevention movement, let's not forget that children are the often neglected "other victim" in domestic abuse cases.

Rescuing 'Victimhood' for Victims (Letting the Sharks Take Care of Themselves)

Christopher Murray | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Murray

Victim isn't a bad word. It shouldn't imply that someone is a loser, a weakling, a malingerer or a chronic sad sack. For most people, being a victim is a stage in response to experiencing something traumatic that had a victimizing impact on them.

National Domestic Violence Organizations Silent in Wake of Ray Rice Abuse

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Tanya Young Williams

Where is the outcry from our leading domestic violence organizations in the wake of the latest Ray Rice elevator video, wherein he punches his fiance in the face?

Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped to Chat With Me at Comic-Con

Carrie Goldman | Posted 08.28.2014 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

I often hear this "hit back harder" advice from adults who are recalling their own playground brawls from 20, 30, or 40 years ago. The simplicity of this advice fails to consider the complexities of the bully-victim dynamics of today's digital world.

Three Funerals, Countless Tears and a Nation Deep in Mourning

Anav Silverman | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Anav Silverman

Israel's heart is heavy tonight. There is an overwhelming sadness as the nation attempts to process the difficult end to a heart wrenching chapter that has left many struggling for hope and for answers.

Hey Yale, Can You Tell Me What's Going On?

Elaine Williams | Posted 08.27.2014 | College
Elaine Williams

Moving forward, when a sexual assault is reported on a college campus, it is investigated thoroughly and quickly, with an outside party overseeing the procedure. The outside party could be local law enforcement or a federal agency.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.

Clery Center Training: Who Knew It Could Be So Inspiring?

Elaine Williams | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Elaine Williams

I help make it safe for others to open up and tell the truth. I use humor to help deal with tough subjects and shameful emotions. I have the strength to talk about things that others do NOT want to talk about.

The Reevaluation of a National Mindset

Hannah Berkman | Posted 08.11.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

To fully eradicate the frighteningly common issue of sexual assault, we must change the rape culture of our society. We cannot stop a crime whose focus is the degradation and objectification of women if we don't stop the problem at its root and eliminate the current attitude toward women.

Overcome Your Programming And Be A Better Man

Chris Gethard | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Gethard

I invite all the lonely, angry, nerdy little boys out there who are feeling that rage and creating a narrative where they are victims to remember that. I was once one of you. And I was wrong. I was so, so wrong.

Flood Backlash Puts Serbian Leader in a Flap

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Sasa Milosevic

Prime Minister Vucic is a potentially dangerous man. During these turbulent days, he has shown that he is willing to push the panic button and would rather seek counsel from conspiracy than science.

Clicking on the Killer's Videos? You Could Be Part of the Problem

Andrea Bonior | Posted 07.27.2014 | Crime
Andrea Bonior

Our fascination gets the best of us, and it starts to look a little too much like adulation, as we shower him with headlines and, as of yet, give his victims only a small percentage of the same press attention.

Objection, Your Honor

Ellen Magnis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Ellen Magnis

Victim blaming has absolutely no place in the courtroom, especially by a judge.

The Pursuit of Justice for Homicide Victims

Griffin Dunne | Posted 07.05.2014 | Los Angeles
Griffin Dunne

So there Jack was, waiting to have his life saved while they looked for his son because a serial killer took not only his daughter's life but later his wife's.

Why the New VH1 Anti-Bullying Ad Is Seriously Misguided

Deborah Temkin | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

Though intended to be empowering and to potentially make those who bully others "regret" their actions, VH1's foray into the anti-bullying world actually sends the opposite message.

In Lawsuit Jungle, Clients Need a 'Bill of Rights'

Sara Warner | Posted 06.07.2014 | DC
Sara Warner

The well-established Los Angeles attorney clearly meant to counter my argument that we need a civil litigation "clients bill of rights," but he was inadvertently proving my key point: most of us have no idea about the "dark side" of civil justice.

Easing the Struggle

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We are struggling. We are taught that life can be understood, secure and predictable if we have the right education, right employment, right financial...

Rape in the Military: It's Time to Protect Our Soldiers

Margaret McLean | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Margaret McLean

It's time for heads to roll in the United States military. President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel must overhaul the system and start firing people. The talk and policy changes are not getting the job done for the thousands of victims of sexual assault in our armed services.

The Impact of Bullying and Why Our Policies Are Missing the Point

Deborah Temkin | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

So eager to right the wrongs of bullying, we find ourselves determined to identify and punish the perpetrators, often forgetting that that alone will not mitigate the harm done to the youth who felt bullied.

Michael Dunn and the Victim Mentality

Thomas Alter | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Thomas Alter

What separates the Michael Dunns and George Zimmermans of the world from your average killer is their insistence that they are not only innocent but wronged.

Complicity in Revenge Porn?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 04.07.2014 | Crime
Christina Gagnier

Every time we ask the "why would someone do that" question, we are putting the victims that we seek to protect in the position of facing judgment, which in effect, makes it seem like the narrative is one of the victim's complicity with the action that has happened to them when it is anything but.

On Being Radical

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

Timidity doesn't honor God. There, I said it. I've given a lot of thought to how often followers of Christ find themselves - or more accurately, place themselves - in the role of victim.

How to Be Your Own Superhero!

Tracy Crossley | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Tracy Crossley

Do what you want, period. You don't need permission, approval or validation from others. You're capable of figuring out what you want to do, so bust through that wall of cement and do it!

Responding to the Savior Industrial Complex: Check the Help and Free Yourself! (Part II)

Robert West | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Robert West

Speaking from the position of "them and those," a position I remember all to well, I say...Check the help, and free yourself!