Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

US Congress policy on sexual harassment protects harassers, not victims

#MeToo reaches all the way to Capitol Hill. CNN states bluntly, “Congress has a sexual harassment problem.” Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices — they can be trouble. Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators, late-night meetings or events where alcohol is flowing. And think twice before speaking out about sexual harassment from a boss — it could cost you your career. These are a few of the unwritten rules that... Read more

Mass shooting in Sutherland Springs Texas is a Failure of Safety at All Levels

After the mass shootings in Las Vegas last month, and at the church in Sutherland Springs Texas this week, I was feeling totally numb. Then yesterday I received an email message from psychologist Ruth Buczynski that said that feeling paralyzed and powerless are hallmark signs of trauma, and I realized, that’s me, right now. So I decided to work past the paralysis and look at what we know about this latest shooting. In “Doing Right by Our Kids” we develop a model of protecting... Read more

Kids and sports: staying true to our core values in a sports-crazed world

Athletic competition gives us an important window into American society. Whether it takes place on a tennis court, soccer field, track and field, in a swimming pool, hockey rink, baseball diamond, or football stadium, many Americans are sports-crazed society. Living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I see every day how our powerhouse college basketball team, the pride of UNC, shapes important aspects of the University of North Carolina, the town of Chapel Hill, and even our state’s laws and... Read more

Froma Harrop argues that stranger rapes are “more horrendous” than date rapes. Here’s how wrong she is.

I could hardly believe what I was reading when I encountered Froma Harrop’s opinion piece “Is ‘stranger rape’ more troubling than ‘date rape’?'” in my local newspaper, The Raleigh News & Observer, reprinted from Creators Syndicate. Froma Harrop advocates that yes, stranger rape is more horrendous than date rape, while seeming unaware of her piece’s false equivalencies, unexamined assumptions, prejudices and logical flaws. The only value I... Read more

Get the first chapter of Doing Right by Our Kids as a free gift from our new Child Safety Library

My co-author Irene van der Zande and I are thrilled to announce that we have released the first three chapters of our forthcoming book, Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels. The book is being released in a serialized form in the new Child Safety Library that we have added to DoingRightByOurKids.com You can download Chapter 1. Creating a Foundation of Child Safety, as our free gift to the community. The first three chapters are: Chapter 1. Creating a Foundation of... Read more

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