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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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Increasing Dollars for Domestic Violence: How Companies Can Do Right for Women and Girls

As corporations expand their philanthropic giving, an epidemic that affects millions of American women is being pushed further out of sight: Domestic violence. The economic toll that domestic abuse exacts on our social service system, workplaces, and law enforcement is in the billions.

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The Face of Evil

I rarely use the word evil. But when I read that the Taliban had gunned down 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, and two other girls in Karachi, Pakistan I could not find another word. 

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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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Passing the Children’s Act In Liberia: A Story from the Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy and Leadership Initiative

For hundreds of years, to be a girl in Liberia was to be relatively powerless. To address that, advocates helped the Liberian Senate sign the Children’s Rights Act into national law in 2011.

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As VAWA Languishes in Congress, Domestic Violence Shelters in Texas Are Struggling to Meet Demand

Screenshot from a 2011 KTEK report that domestic violence was up 23 percent in East Texas.

It has been a brutal summer for victims of family violence. If we send someone new to Washington DC, will they take action? Will a new Senator or House Representative reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)?

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Does Counseling Batterers Work? Here’s What My Own Story Reveals

How do we reclaim our behaviors from a family dynamic where rage is a tool – even after the abuser is gone? 

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Court Orders U.S. Mother Must Provide Child Support for Abandoned Russian Adoptee. Start of a Trend?

This past week Torry Hansen was ordered, by a Tennessee judge to pay $150,000 child support for her adopted son, whom she returned to Russia by plane, unaccompanied. 

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Man Who Plead Not Guilty To Firebombing Florida Clinic To Have Change Of Plea Hearing

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The man who confessed to arson at the Pensacola reproductive health clinic not wants to change his not guilty plea.

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Talking with Your Kids About Sexual Abuse: Questions the Sandusky Trial Prompted Me to Ask

From the Sandusky trial to new revelations about the Catholic Church to the stories about Horace Mann in the 1970s, it seems like sexual abuse is always in the news. These topics are particularly tricky to discuss with kids—how do we keep them safe without making them scared? I turn to two experts for advice.

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