Denial. I know. It’s not just a river in Egypt. But it is, it appears, as wide and deep as an ocean, especially when it comes to sexual harassment and sexual abuse.
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.
With over 35 million homeless children in India, and shelters for only 36,000 of them, children’s lives can be precariously balanced and sexual abuse is widespread. But even those living at home are not always safe.
In a revised second edition of her groundbreaking book Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse, Dr. Patti Feuereisen explains the intricacies of mentor abuse among the other variants of sexual abuse and assault that many young women face. In the United States alone, at least one in four young women will survive some sort of abuse before she turns eighteen.
Despite its worthy mission,
the White House common ground agenda needs some serious tweaking. There
is a need to reframe the agenda in a larger discourse of honoring motherhood
and honoring the sacredness of women and girls’ lives.
Rape isn’t about “letting” something happen. It’s about a profound violence someone else does to us, and it’s something that happens to men and women, boys and girls.
Against a wider backdrop of sexual violence being committed against, and perpetrated by, children and adolescents, the sexualization of under-aged teenagers in Jamaica is extremely problematic.
Reproductive health bill to be debated in Philippines; National Organization of Women endorses Obama; The story of Joe Biden and the Violence Against Women Act; Palin says she fired Monegan for going above her head to secure funds to fight sexual abuse; More funding needed to fight HIV in Cleveland; Family planning and global population.
Planned Parenthood Action Center on Friday released a TV ad set to air in Denver and other markets where the McCain campaign has been advertising a claim that Barack Obama favored teaching kindergartners about sex.
Violence gets insidiously soaked in to everyday life in India. But sensitivity towards victims of such crimes remains abysmally low.