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Anti-Choice Advocates Abuse Statutory Rape Reporting Laws to Target Abortion Providers

Experts questioned whether child-abuse reporting laws have any significant impact on stopping sexual abuse, but they are certainly having an impact on abortion providers.

Public health experts say there is a legitimate purpose to statutory rape and incest laws. However, in the context of abortion, these laws are effectively criminalizing normal teen sex and risk compromising patient-confidentiality agreements, as well as potentially deterring patients from seeking sexual health treatment.

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New York Likely to Offer Labor Protections for Child Models

The New York fashion industry, which employs 165,000 people, was until now the only industry in the state excluded from child labor protections under the Department of Labor.

New York has been on the forefront of some of the most cutting-edge labor movements, but when it comes to child models, New York is behind more than 20 states that include child models in their state labor codes. That may soon change.

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Undocumented Farmworkers Make “Perfect Victims” for Sexual Harassers and Abusers

On an onion farm in Elba, N.Y., during planting and harvest season about 40 percent of the workforce are women.

The problem is also rampant in food processing plants, where often “a male supervisor will just walk down the line and run his hand along [female workers’] buttock,” according to an attorney.

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Raped by My Stepfather: A Survivor of Illegal Abortion On Why Safe, Legal Abortion is Essential

Richard Mourdock argued in a debate that women who have been raped should not have access to abortion services because their pregnancies are a “gift from god.” As a survivor of childhood sexual violence, I disagree with him completely.

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What the Sandusky Case Reveals: To Keep Kids Safe, Adults Must Embrace a Complex Reality

We have an unprecedented opening to use the Penn State sexual abuse case’s stunning lessons about ignorance, self-interest, and responsibility to examine widespread, false assumptions about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. 

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Street Harassment: A Means of Control That We Need to Get Under Control

Rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and any other form of violence and abuse directed at those the perpetrator wishes to control all come from a place that will continue to exist as long as we let it. 

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Memo to Bishops: It’s Not About You. It’s About the Actual Victims.

Slavery. It’s an abomination. And it goes without saying that survivors of modern-day slavery — human trafficking — should be able to access all of the services they need to protect their health and rebuild their lives. That is, unless you’re talking to the powerful political lobbyist, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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As a Sexual Abuse Survivor, Can I Only Connect to People Sexually?

Whatever it turns out your sexuality and relationships are like, whatever it turns out you want from them, they’re about much, much more than your abuse.

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Scott Brown, Sexual Abuse and Women’s Rights: How Will His Experiences Inform His Votes?

Details are still emerging regarding Scott Brown’s history of sexual and emotional abuse. But it’s worth asking: will he now lead a fight against GOP/Tea Party efforts to eliminate programs to assist victims and GOP efforts to “redefine rape?”

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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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