Globally, nine out of 10 children are in lockdown in their homes as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. But for too many young girls, their homes are not safe places. Experience shows that during health emergencies, children—especially young girls—face increased risk of sexual exploitation and abuse.
We believe the Pell ruling will cause victims to lose their faith in the criminal justice system and also sends the message that survivors should stay hidden and silent rather than come forward and seek justice. But right now, we want victims to persevere. There is hope.
The foster care system, built on frequent movements of children from one home to another and regular in-person supervision, has been especially wracked with confusion and dread by the coronavirus crisis. New placements, family visits and child-abuse investigations falter across the country.
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.