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

Doing Right by Our Kids and WHY we need Child Safety at All Levels of Society

Introducing Doing Right by Our Kids, a new research project from Dr. Amy Tiemann and Irene van der Zande that explores strategies and skills for “Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society.” When my co-author Irene van der Zande and I step back to look at the entire field of child safety, it is so immense that it can be hard to know where to start. So we are going to take the advice of leadership expert and TEDx speaker Simon Sinek and Start with Why. As Simon teaches,... Read more

Committing to a United Stand Against Bullying

Over 25 years ago, the first elementary school my children went to had a reputation for excellent teachers and terrible bullying on the school yard and before and after school. I was torn about enrolling my older child, until a new principal who had just been there a year decided that this school would be a safe place for kids. He told teachers he expected them to step in and that he would support them. He met with trouble-makers and told them that they couldn’t be on the school yard or in... Read more