If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve likely heard about “revenge porn,” which Wikipedia defines as “sexually explicit pictures, video or other media that is publicly shared online without the consent of the pictured individual. Revenge porn is typically uploaded by ex-partners or hackers.”
But in many states, including New York, it is not a crime.
Should it be?
KSL Utah bring us a sad story with a happy ending.
A family of nine will hopefully become a family of 17, and a horrific story of child abuse will soon have a happy ending.
Last week in Tampa, Florida, Jamie Hicks was arrested on charges of abusing her eight children. The story hit extremely close to home for Jennifer Gossard and her family. Jamie Hicks used to live in Utah and was charged with neglecting three of her other children 18 years ago, and Gossard adopted all of them.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. The “War on Drugs” was huge, and Kurt Cobain became a sort of poster child for why drugs were bad. This scruffy, long-haired guy screaming songs about drugs, sex, mental illness and rage epitomized everything wrong with a generation.
But does the answer have more to do with Generation X being the first generation to come of age with an unprecedented belief in equality and an understanding that child abuse was wrong, but still entrapped in a world where no one was protecting them.
In a move reflecting the massive change from a church in crisis to a church where a “humble, people’s pope takes world by storm,” Cardinal Dolan this morning announced his support for a the Child Victims Act (A1771A).
The Child Victims Act, brought forward by victims of child sexual abuse and their advocates, was blocked over the last 10 years by the Roman Catholic Church who have invested millions of dollars through lobbyists over the years to protect their secrets.
Read how this important change may affect this years legislation in Albany.
The health and safety of children must be the first priority
The thrust of our Safe Child Act is that courts must make the health and safety of children the first priority in any decision about child custody and visitation. Although there is a long history of society treating children like property, it is hard to imagine that any other consideration could take precedence in the 21st century. What could courts possibly be thinking when they place children in jeopardy in order to accomplish objectives that are far less important?
As an incest survivor I am especially outraged and insulted that the broadband and telecommunications giant Verizon, a company outspoken about its intolerance of domestic violence, defends allowing porn with themes of incest and pedophilia. Verizon’s FiOS video on-demand service is negligently showing hard-core pay-per-view illegal themed porn with inadequate filtering on it’s cable, internet, wireless service, smartphones and tablets. Providing this type of dangerous pornography sanctions it’s existence.