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?”
Last night, the House Republicans banded together at the last minute on purely specious grounds to defeat legislation aimed at preventing child marriage worldwide.
Human Rights Watch recently released a report detailing reports and allegations of sexual abuse and assault in ICE detention facilities across the United States. Though this is not an exhaustive account, the report uses the information to reflect on why the abuse is occurring, what policies are being implemented in response and recommendations on how to stem the abuse going forward.
At least 60,500 federal and state prison inmates were sexually abused at their current facility in the preceding year alone, according to a 2007 nationwide study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). A similar study revealed that nearly 25,000 county jail detainees were sexually abused in the prior six months. This violence is not limited to adult prisoners – in January, another BJS report found that almost one in eight youth in juvenile detention reported being sexually abused in the preceding year; at the worst facilities, one in three kids were victimized.
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.