As a 12-year-old victim of sexual abuse, I needed more than just access. I also needed the support of my community, my friends and my family.
With her new book, “Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving and Redemption,” sociologist Deborah J. Cohan explores the complexities of caring for an aging parent with a history of abusive behavior.
The billboard in Massachusetts featured a man’s silhouette and declared that “the truth will be revealed.” After his name was made public, Kat Sullivan’s abuser reportedly resigned from the town historical commission, quit his job at Whole Foods and moved out of state.
“One of the best things schools can do to help prevent child sexual abuse is to talk about it.”
The New York State Assembly passed the Child Victims Act, extending the time survivors have to file civil suits against perpetrators until they turn 55 years old. The law opens up a one-year “lookback window,” allowing survivors to file civil actions against perpetrators no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.
Border Patrol forced a 3-year-old named Sofi to make an impossible choice: choose which parent should be deported. A group of mothers is fighting back by suing the Trump administration for misconduct.
I did not believe that I had suffered an assault. I thought I had been privy to my very own “Lolita” story.
In 2018, revelations about the Catholic hierarchy’s cover-up of clergy sex abuse came too fast and too often for church leaders to contain. To fully understand this crisis, it is crucial to recognize that it is taking place in a church where women remain locked out of the governing structure, without voice, vote or power.
There has been a groundswell of deserved attention for the #MeToo chorus exposing workplace harassment and abuse—but hardly a whisper about the violations that happen in the home. That’s why I am adding my voice as a woman who survived incest.
Despite broad-based, bi-partisan support for laws against child sex trafficking, the politics behind them are complicated.