Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

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

Rehtaeh’s devastated father: My daughter was disappointed to death

There has been so much tragic news lately that it is hard to even keep up. But I can hardly think of a story that has saddened me more than that of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons’ suicide, which happened this week, seventeen months after reporting being gang raped by four schoolmates. After her reported sexual assault, Rehtaeh was revictimized by her attackers spreading photos of her rape on social media that went viral. Even with those photographs in circulation, which you would think... Read more

New Year’s thoughts: Safety crises and lessons from India and the USA

Visiting India can provide a shock to the system–the sights, the sounds, the colors, the social issues, often seem more intense than I am used to back home in the US. On this trip we landed in India in the middle of an unfolding social crisis, as the country confronts the gang rape and resulting death of a 23-year old paramedical student in New Delhi. The young woman has not been named publicly, but has been called “Nirbhaya” (“Fearless”) by The Times of India. ... Read more