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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

Opinion: Supporting Dylan Farrow

The world is reacting to the open letter written by Dylan Farrow, written in protest of the continued artistic lionization of her adoptive father Woody Allen, whom she accused of sexually abusing her when she was seven years old. Dylan reported the abuse then, back in 1992 and stands by her story to this day. Please read Dylan’s letter in its entirety. In part she writes: After a custody hearing denied my father visitation rights, my mother declined to pursue criminal charges, despite... Read more

Perceive, Believe, Act. Sometimes Believing is the hardest part.

My heart goes out to the four young women who have escaped captivity in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and the rescued 6-year old girl identified as Berry’s daughter can now begin to rebuild their lives. This is such a bizarre story that evokes mixed feelings of triumph, relief, anger and sadness. How could these three young women have remained in captivity for a decade, just a few miles from where they were kidnapped? How much does the stigma of racism and... 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

Marathon bomber’s friends arrested for cover up: dramatic example of peer pressure gone wrong

I am just getting back from a week of Kidpower/Teenpower instructor training in Santa Cruz California. We have been teaching young teenagers how to resist peer pressure, including an instance where a friend asks them to cover up for them. Now comes the dramatic headline news that three buddies of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are facing federal charges for helping Tsarnaev hide the evidence of his crimes–even after they came to believe that he was involved in the bombings. This was a monumental... Read more

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