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Racial Injustice: The Case for Prosecuting Buyers as Sex Traffickers

Those of us fighting trafficking as part of a broader human rights movement must recognize that failing to advocate for the use of these laws to punish both buyers and sellers serves to perpetuate very serious racial disparities in who we are deeming culpable and who we are criminalizing for trafficking.

Those of us fighting trafficking as part of a broader human rights movement must recognize that failing to advocate for the use of these laws to punish both buyers and sellers serves to perpetuate very serious racial disparities in who we are deeming culpable and who we are criminalizing for trafficking.

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School Officials Accused of Covering Up Sex Assaults Appear to Have Resigned or Been Removed

Burch Middle School, which is at the center of the explosive allegations.

A job posting on West Virginia’s Mingo County Board of Education website lists two available positions at Burch Middle School, which is at the center of explosive allegations that school officials conspired to cover up allegations of sexual assault of minors on school grounds and on school buses in order to protect the perpetrators, who were allegedly related to officials at the board of education.

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West Virginia Authorities Allege Conspiracy to Cover Up Middle School Sexual Assaults (Updated)

While this filing seeks civil, not criminal, remedies, arrests are expected to follow.

Authorities in West Virginia have alleged that “multiple” girls at Burch Middle School in Delbarton, in the western part of the state, were sexually abused and assaulted by two male students, and that school authorities threatened and retaliated against the girls when they attempted to pursue punishment for the offenders.

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UN Child Rights Panel Defends Children and Girls—Throws Down Gauntlet to Holy See

In a scathing report released yesterday on the Holy See’s adherence to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an aggressive UN committee knocked the Holy See off the high ground.

In a scathing report released yesterday on the Holy See’s adherence to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an aggressive UN committee knocked the Holy See off the high ground.

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What Would Make You Believe a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse?

What I am seeing, with Dylan Farrow’s recent open letter concerning the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of her father, is that a lot of people do not believe that we adult survivors live among them. But we are here.

What I am seeing, with Dylan Farrow’s recent open letter concerning the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of her father, is that a lot of people do not believe that we adult survivors live among them. But we are here.

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Alabama Man Convicted of Raping Teen Neighbor Will Serve No Jail Time

NARAL Pro-Choice America is challenging the Obama administration's nomination of Michael Boggs, who has a long history of civil rights opposition, to the federal district court in Georgia.

Austin Smith Clem was sentenced to 20 years, but he won’t serve time in prison unless he violates the terms of his sentencing.

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New Report Calls Attention to Abortion Policy in Ecuador

It's time to call on the countries leaders to update the country’s penal codes.

Ecuador’s archaic and outdated abortion ban—which criminalizes both women seeking abortion as well as health-care providers who perform them—prevents young women from seeking not only safe abortion services, but also counseling and legal services for sexual violence.

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What if… A Post-Penn State Fantasy About the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

This is a story about Roxanne, a fictitious young single mother who thinks she found the man of her dreams. It turns out he is a nightmare–a child sexual predator. But after initial denial, Roxanee trusts her instincts, and protects her daughter from sexual abuse. What if this were the norm post-Penn State?

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Fifteen Adults at Penn State Knew About Child Sexual Assaults, Rapes and Did Not Act

Fifteen adults at Penn State–15 individual adults, all men–either witnessed directly or had knowledge of rape, sodomy, and assault of children by Jerry Sandusky and either did not act or whose actions were for naught. These include 12 adult men who were in positions of power, some of them members of law enforcement.

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Preventing and Reporting Child Abuse: The Questions Raised by the Penn State Scandal

Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno

In any particular abuse situation there is an abuser, a victim, and (almost always) bystanders. This is true in bullying, street violence, as well as child sexual abuse. One of the most important questions that the Penn State situation, and cases like it, raise is — what is it about the nature of intimate sexual violence that stops so many bystanders from taking action?

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