Family support for child sexual assault victims is often lacking. Kathy Picard’s step father gave her some ‘special’ attention, but where was the family?
Why don’t Custody courts have time to protect children? They focus on saving time not what’s important. They must make health and safety the first priority
How can you or I prevent abuse in April? How can we make a difference? We could start with just one small thing each day.
I was supposed to testify as an expert witness to save a child from “The Penis Game” and a mother from a long prison term for trying to protect him.
How do you spot a sex offender? Sex offenders cannot be profiled. There is no specific race, gender, sexual orientation, or education level that defines us.
Many survivors open up about their abuse only to find that family reactions are just as painful, if not more so, than the original trauma.
Gaslighting is abuse. It is an act of violence, be it domestic violence, workplace, or elsewhere. Know how to recognize and survive it.
I grew up in a family where everyone was either sexually abused, was an abuser, or facilitated abuse. And I still like Michael Jackson’s music.
The Southern Baptist Church is no exception to being vulnerable to sex-offenders. They are not properly protecting the safety of a child.
Kathy Picard was pleased when her step father started showing her some special attention; until that attention became twisted and threatening.
New York’s Child Victims Act allows previously lapsed claims to be filed in court, the next issue for victims and survivors is how to access justice.
Offenders are not men in a trench coats. We are members of your family. We are people you know and trust. We are people who have access to your child.
Pedophiles on YouTube: while parents are aghast, they don’t seem to realize that YouTube is only a symptom of a larger problem.
YouTube has deleted more than 400 channels and suspended comments on tens of millions of videos of children as it tries to purge the system of pedophiles.
Stories of clerical child sexual abuse are not limited to the Roman Catholic Church. The Southern Baptist church have a crisis of their own.
Family Court and the Catholic Church: Shattering the last taboos for institutions that fail our children
Secrecy and lack of accountability. Courts, and the male-dominated church, refuse to believe that a father would abuse his own child.
New York passed the Child Victims Act making it a safer place for children, better for survivors of child sexual abuse and a worse place for sex offenders.
I came from a really poor household. I pulled my family out of extreme poverty. Then my boss raped me, life fell apart, but I recovered.
Human trafficking is a complex form of abuse and trauma with complex causes. It happens all over the world, and is a form of modern day slavery.
The Child Victims Act has languished in the New York State Senate. The horrific report from the Pennsylvania grand jury about rampant sexual abuse and cover-ups by church officials makes it clear that New York must pass a final version of this bill.
The President wouldn’t believe me. I didn’t disclose my abuse after it happened; I disclosed it when I was ready. So did most of his other victims. So what does that say about us?
Melanie Blow discusses the Catholic church and child sexual abuse following PA Grand Jury report. Over a thousand children sexually abused by priests