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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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How Censorship of the Word “Vagina” by the Michigan House of Representatives Is Related to Child Sexual Abuse

By censoring Rep. Lisa Brown’s use of the word “vagina,” lawmakers in Michigan are sending a powerful message to young people that certain things (and body parts) are so shameful adults can’t even hear about them.  It is just this attitude that creates environments where years of abuse – like what is being alleged in the trial of Jerry Sandusky – can go on in silence.

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Invisible Prisoners: Why Are So Many Children, Especially Girls, Placed in Solitary Confinement?

When we hear about solitary confinement, we often imagine it as a form of extreme punishment inflicted on the most vicious and dangerous criminals in prison. The last thing you would expect is for this practice to be inflicted on children. But it is.

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De-fund “Immoral Institutions?” Let’s Start with the Archdiocese

Let us call upon Cardinal Dolan, the USCCB, and their political allies to practice what they preach. Eliminating public funds and taxpayer support for organizations criminally convicted of protecting child predators will prove they are standing on principle.

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Iowa High School Disaster: My Letter to the Administration

This so-called positive assembly’s messages were anti-abortion, anti-woman, pro-slavery, anti-gay and anti-tolerance, if the message was delivered in the name of G-d and with a smile, does that make it ‘positive’?

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Murder by Nursing?

Stephanie Greene is being charged with murder. Her crime? Breastfeeding her newborn.

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Women’s Rights Abuses in Afghanistan: Searching for the Full Story

Global coverage of women’s rights abuses in Afghanistan is critical to raising awareness and changing this reality. But what is being done on the ground and at the policy level? What is the good news? The picture is often larger, and more complex, than we see. 

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The Courage of Human Rights Defenders: Women Protesting Violence Are Often Met With Violence

There are so many courageous women around the world engaged in peace work at all levels, including protest. But they are often met with violence, rape, or torture.

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Denying OTC Access to Plan B Disproportionately Affects Latina Teens

Whether President Obama was compelled to weave the bubble gum narrative for political gain or because it truly reflects his thinking, the result is the same. Complex sexual health issues get overly simplified, society focuses on stigma more than solution, and young people are left with policy decisions that don’t begin to match the weight of their lived experiences nor keep them “safe.”

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How We Think About Rape: Change at the FBI Is Only One Step in the Right Direction

As a society, the way we think about most social phenomena—including sexual assault—is influenced by both facts and morals. But in the United States, the way we think about rape has, for decades, been operating with an outdated version of both.

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