Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

White House Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault: Now is our best opportunity for progress and change

We are at a crossroads moment to combat sexual assault on college campuses. The combination of bottom-up pressure from grassroots activists, many of them assault survivors themselves who have courageously stepped forward, and top-down leadership from the Department of Education and White House has created a unique moment for reform in the area of campus sexual assault. We know that bold action and improvement is vitally needed, as one in five women will experience sexual assault during her... Read more

Addressing the conflict within self-defense: how to empower without blaming victims

There is an inherent tension in self-defense instruction: how can we teach students skills to help them stay safe, and teach them in a way that does not blame them if they ever are attacked? This is an ongoing issue that we should keep our eyes on in any program, as a teacher, student or community member. There is no one good set of answers, or one solution that will fit each person or situation. This conversation exploded online recently after Emily Yoffe of Slate wrote an article headlined:... Read more

Sexual assault in the military: still a national disgrace

The issue of sexual assault in the military is a national disgrace, and today the news spotlight is shining on this issue. The Pentagon is preparing to release an annual report about sexual misconduct in the military, which tells the results of a survey of military personnel that found that incidences of “unwanted sexual contact” were up by 33% in the past two years, from 19,300 to 26,000 now. Whether this increase can be in any way attributed to an increase in reporting, rather... 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

Did you hear what Joe Paterno said?

Joe Paterno has given his first interview since the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal broke. The statement that most stands out to me what Paterno said when reflecting on Mike McQueary trying to tell Paterno about seeing Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State locker room showers: “You know, [McQueary] didn’t want to get specific….And to be frank with you I don’t know that it would have done any good, because I never heard of rape and a man.” Whether... Read more

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