Listen. Believe. React Responsibly. This is the advice we are given when it comes to what to do if a child discloses sexual abuse to us.
Today, we’re focusing on steps you can take if you know or suspect that a friend or someone else you know is being abusive toward their partner.
This is the 8th in a series of articles for Daily Kos about the treatment of abused children in the U.S. family court system. “To onlookers it was just a group of children playing in a sunny California park, but to child sexual abuse expert Dr. Claire Reeves it was the highlight of her career.”
“To watch them play and laugh like normal children — it was glorious,” said Reeves, 73, remembering a day when she met nine parents and 15 children for a going-away party before she moved from California to South Carolina in 2000.
Whipping, beating, and paddling of school children: Those who favor it would like us to believe that at some point in the very recent past, the utility of this practice was uncontested. But in fact the controversy over the appropriateness of corporal punishment of children is nearly as old as the written word.
If Ray Rice was sincere, he would have accepted the lenient penalty he received from the NFL and the outrageous lack of consequences from the Atlantic County prosecutor. It is important for abusers to accept sole responsibility for their actions and focus on making amends. Instead, Ray Rice is appealing his suspension.
Here’s the scariest thing you’ll read this Halloween season- if your kids go trick-or-treating, odds are good a sex offender will hand them candy. Most people read this sentence and mentally said “Not in my neighborhood.
This is the ninth in a series of articles for Daily Kos about the treatment of abused children in the U.S. family court system. M.C. Moewe
Nebraska State Sen. Loran Schmit, who headed the investigation into the credit union, turned over the information gathered about the child abuse to the FBI. “I was very disappointed with the way the FBI and law enforcement treated the victims,” Schmit says in the documentary. “They in fact turned them into the offenders, so to speak. And instead of taking the evidence that was delivered to them by the victims and interrogating the persons who the victims identified, they seemed to bear down and try to get the victims to change their story.”
When I first heard of the ACE test, and stopped to consider the impact that particular number has on each and every person, I was struck by how complicated and confusing it seemed. But after thinking about the ACE score in terms of my own children, it really doesn’t seem quite so complicated after all.
This is the sixth in a series of articles about the treatment of abused children in the U.S. family court system. M.C. Moewe is a former criminal justice and investigative reporter for several newspapers with a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Texas. Email m AT moewe.com
Helping someone who is in an abusive relationship can be very challenging, but there are steps you can take to provide support to them and help promote their safety.
We need to ask ourselves if we want laws that support children, or those who rape them. That’s really the heart of the needed statute of limitations reform.
Melissa Mahler of Pro Player Insiders is joined in this discussion by Andrew Willis, Stop Abuse Campaign; Tony Richardson, former NFL player; Eileen King, Executive Director of Child Justice; and Mildred Muhammad former wife of the infamous DC sniper. In this episode the focus is on the victim’s perspective and answering that often asked question, “Why does she stay?”