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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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UPDATE: In “Shameful Act,” Republicans Kill Bill to Prevent Child Marriage

Last night, the House Republicans banded together at the last minute on purely specious grounds to defeat legislation aimed at preventing child marriage worldwide.

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Catholic Church Fights Connecticut Law Repealing Statute of Limitations on Child Sexual Abuse

Roman Catholic Bishops in Connecticut are fighting a bill aimed at rescinding the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. Yep.  You read that right.

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Dutch Catholic Church Under Investigation for Sexual Abuse of Children

Continuing the pattern of the institutional Catholic Church’s response to sexual abuse of children by priests in the United States, the Netherlands’ Handelsblad.com reports that the Dutch Catholic Church for years ignored reports by children and families that sexual abuse of boys by priests was rife in Catholic schools.

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Early Marriage: Here in the US, Too

When authorities removed 413 children in danger of sexual abuse from the Yearning for Zion ranch this month, it became clear that here in the US, child marriage is a result of brainwashing and indoctrination.

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Iowa Law Won’t Protect Kids from Sex Offenders

Was the opinion issued Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court an expansion or a clarification of the state’s existing residency requirements for sex offenders? At the end of the day, according to some members of law enforcement, it doesn’t matter one way or another.

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