Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

Campus sexual assault: brief thoughts before I read “The College Rape Overcorrection”

I am about to read Emily Yoffe’s 11,000 word Slate.com article, “The College Rape Overcorrection.” In the past I have read what she has written about young women’s alcohol use on campus, and heard her speak on The Diane Rehm Show yesterday in the program about the Rolling Stone/UVa article backlash. I am a fan of Yoffe’s Dear Prudence advice column and I agree with her on many issues, but based on what I have heard so far, I am concerned about her stance on the... Read more

Sexual Assault on College Campuses/UNC Title IX Task Force lesson 2: Treat all parties with due process, fairness and respect #UNCIX

There has been a media firestorm about campus sexual assault with Rolling Stone’s story “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” eliciting a great reaction, then questions arising about Rolling Stone’s journalistic practices. Today The Diane Rehm Show spent an hour on the discussion of the fallout, spurring me to write more about my experiences on the UNC Title IX Task Force that reshaped the university’s response to sexual assault. I... Read more

Cultural Competence in Teaching Personal Safety

Staying culturally appropriate while teaching personal safety and child protection is both challenging and rewarding. The following article is an excerpt from our Child Protection Advocate Training Workbook and has been useful to people teaching personal safety skills from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Sweden, the UK, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe – as well as throughout the United States. In every culture where... Read more

Academic fraud at UNC was like a systematic cancer that requires treatment

The University of North Carolina’s new report about 18 years of academic fraud that kept athletes eligible to play sports is national headline news, and as you can expect, these revelations are rocking Chapel Hill. You may wonder why I am writing about this on a blog about “protecting child safety at all levels of society.” While this case may not explicitly be about child safety (though it does have connections), it is such an important case of a school being able to look... Read more

Creating a Positive Social Climate, starting with the Kidpower Climate Check-In

Our physical and social climates impact our quality of life. As individual people, we cannot control the weather outside, but we can decide what kinds of protection we use to be safer and more comfortable. We can’t control physical pollution as individuals, but we can each decide what levels and forms of pollution we are willing to tolerate or produce. As leaders responsible for the well-being of others, particularly young people, we have significant power to affect the social climate. ... Read more

Join us for International Child Protection Month–Global activities going on through September

DoingRightByOurKids.com is proud to be an official partner of International Child Protection Month, a new collaborative effort led by Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International. I had a real taste of international leadership this July when I participated in Kidpower’s three-day Child Protection Institute training in California. Child safety advocates came from as far away as Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, and India. This immersive workshop allowed each participant to learn... Read more

1. Why can’t the police just handle sexual assault through the criminal system? Like it or not, colleges have to deal with sexual assault complaints. #UNCIX

DoingRightByOurKids.com co-creator Amy Tiemann, Ph.D. was a member of the 22-person “Title IX Task Force” that spent more than a year working on suggested changes in the way that UNC handles complaints of sexual assault complaints among students. Tiemann was appointed to this Task Force as a representative of the larger Chapel Hill community, where she has lived for 13 years. This is the first in a series of posts about what she learned by being part of this process. #UNCIX In any... Read more

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