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Our Guest Blogger this week is Chris Elkins of DrugRehab.com. Chris is a senior writer for DrugRehab.com. This informative blog discusses evidence-based treatment options, recovery resources and trends in the treatment of drug abuse and addiction.
Trauma is one of the most common precursors to substance abuse, and decades of research show trends in addiction and problematic drug use among men and women who have been sexually assaulted. That’s because sexual assault often leads to post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental health condition characterized by flashbacks, anxiety and depression.
Continue reading How Sexual Abuse Can Lead to Substance Abuse, Finding Help and Healing…
Many of you have seen the Academy Award winning film Spotlight. If have not, you really should. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1895587/
The film depicts the clergy abuse crisis in the Catholic Church spanning a thirty year period and ends with the Boston Globe 2002 expose of the Archdiocese of Boston. Today the Church considers the “crisis” old news. Unfortunately, it is not. Priests continue to molest children and Youth-serving organizations continue to cover up these unspeakable crimes.
As A Victim Of Sexual Assault, You Have The Right:
This week the Association of American Universities (AAU) released results of a major, comprehensive study of sexual assault on university campuses. 27 national universities participated.
They may not make the national news too frequently, but minors in rural areas are sexually assaulted – very often.
Federal and state legislatures have enacted laws designed to protect minors from registered sex offenders. Adopted in 1996, Megan’s Law created a nationwide sex offender registry. Every state followed suit. Codified in California Penal Code, §§ 290 et seq. (including a voter-approved measure known as “Jessica’s Law”) regulates the residency of registered sex offenders. It prohibits registered sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of a school or park. Another California statute regulates loitering by registered sex offenders. It provides that any §290 registrant who “loiters about any school or public place at or near which children attend or normally congregate” is guilty of a misdemeanor. Megan’s Law requires both registration and notification. Within a specified time after their release from prison, registered sex offenders must register their addresses with local police; then, the public and past victims are notified of the offender’s presence in the neighborhood.
Self-Harm or Self-Injury is when people physically harm themselves usually without suicidal thoughts. Some victims of sexual violence use self-injury as a way to cope with painful feelings associated with the trauma. Many of my clients have told me that “cutting” helps them focus on something other than the painful memories and recurring thoughts of their abuse or that self-harm is a means to numb the pain they feel and feel in “control.” This urge can be so strong that a recurring cycle of self-harm may cause infection, and even life-threatening medical problems.
One in five women is sexually assaulted in college, but only about 12 percent report the sexual assault to police. Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced Title IX investigations of 86 schools suspected of denying students their equal right to education by inadequately handling sexual-violence complaints; if found in violation, each school runs the risk of financial penalties, including having its federal funding revoked. https://www.notalone.gov/. What is Title IX?
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It is hard to know what to say when someone you are close to tells you they were sexually violated. Your response at that time can make a difference. READ MORE
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault, would you know what your legal rights are? It is important for victims to educate themselves because the rights of victims of sex crimes vary from state to state. Under Texas law, you have the right: READ MORE
We all have friends who share with us problems they are having in relationships. When should you suggest professional help or intervention? If they describe any of the following tactics often used by abusers: READ MORE
This past April, The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault issued its findings: one in five women are sexually assaulted while in college. In conjunction with the release of the report, the White House also launched a website to educate students and their families about this important issue. [Link https://www.notalone.gov/]. READ MORE
Being a parent of a teenager today can be overwhelming, especially when print and television media constantly surrounds us with sexually explicit images and messages. Even our children’s own peers may expose them to graphic sexual words and images through social media and the use of smart phones. Who knew what “twerking” was before the Miley Cyrus “performance” at the MVA Awards? I certainly did not.
Educate yourself, and then empower your teen. Here are a few tips. READ MORE
Yesterday, Pope Francis promised Catholic Bishops “will be held accountable” for failing to protect children from sexual abuse.
A recent article Dallas Morning News article emphatically demonstrates how crucial it is not only for suspicions of pedophilic conduct to be reported to civil authorities, but for parents to take such preventative action. A 28 year old man and his 17 year old accomplice( posing as a 6th grade student) at Hurst Elementary school in Tarrant county lured and sexually abused at least 100 children. http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2014/11/hurst‑police‑hand‑over‑child‑porn‑suspect‑who‑posed‑as‑teens‑father‑to‑federal‑agents.html/ READ MORE
Do you know the difference between a criminal case and a civil case based on a sexual assault or sexual abuse? Each day our law firm receives calls from victims of sexual assault who confuse a criminal prosecution for sexual assault with a civil action based on sexual assault. It is very important to know your rights, whether criminal or civil, and choose an appropriate, experienced victims attorney. READ MORE
Hiring an attorney for a potential civil case can be a daunting task for many survivors. As victims of sexual assault who were so badly violated and betrayed by their perpetrators, their trust issues with authority figures are understandable. They often are wary not only of lawyers but of the legal system as well. Nevertheless, they must hire a lawyer but importantly, one with understanding, knowledge and relevant experience to be an effective advocate. READ MORE
If your college student was at a party and saw someone making unwanted sexual advances toward another student who was intoxicated, would he intervene? What about in response to rape joke or a sexually explicit photo or video of a classmate posted on social media? For the first time, sexual violence prevention strategies including “bystander intervention” are being discussed and taught at universities and colleges in response to recent government scrutiny about how universities are handling reports of sexual assaults on campuses. READ MORE
It’s mid-August. Children are back to school for academics, activities and athletics. Youth sports in particular can offer children valuable life lessons about team work and commitment but, as we have seen recently in the Jerry Sandusky case, they can also teach us parents that we must be vigilant about the potential for sexual abuse in a sports settings. If you have a child-athlete who wants to participate in school or league-sponsored events, it is important that you educate yourself and your child about measures that can be taken to prevent their sexual exploitation and their peers’ as well. READ MORE
One in five women is sexually assaulted in college, but only about 12 percent report the sexual assault to police. Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced Title IX investigations of 86 schools suspected of denying students their equal right to education by inadequately handling sexual-violence complaints; if found in violation, each school runs the risk of financial penalties, including having its federal funding revoked. https://www.notalone.gov/. To understand why so few rapes are not reported to police, we must first examine the underlying societal problem : victim-blaming is the corollary of denial prevalent in the rape culture at our colleges and universities. READ MORE
The United States is ranked the third largest trafficking destination country in the world. It is estimated between 14,500-17,500 persons are trafficked annually into this country. Many victims are too fearful to report.
What is Human Trafficking? In essence, it is a form of modern slavery. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which makes Human Trafficking a federal crime, describes “severe” trafficking of a person as follows:
In 2003, Texas became one of only a few states to enact specific laws against human trafficking. ( See H.B. 2096, Texas Penal Code Ch.20A.02).
If you believe someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, please contact your local law enforcement. There is help available to victims through the Health and Human Resources Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline: 888-373-7888.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse as a result of Human Trafficking, by all means report this crime to local law enforcement immediately.
The Law Office of Tahira Khan Merritt stands ready to help you with your legal needs. We have exclusively represented victims of sex crimes in civil cases against institutions that have aided and abetted perpetrators such as, churches, schools, universities and colleges, daycare centers, youth camps, scouting organizations, military schools and the like since 1996. You may confidentially contact our office at 214-503-7300 or through our website : http://tkmlawfirm.com/.
 The Polaris Project(2004). National trafficking Alert System Criminal Justice Briefing Materials (Version 6), Washington D.C: The Polaris Project.
 U.S. Department of State(2004) Trafficking Person’s Report June 2004(Publication No.11150), Washington D.C: U.S Government Printing Office.