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How Sexual Abuse Can Lead to Substance Abuse, Finding Help and Healing

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.

Tags: ptsd, sexual abuse, substance abuse

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.

How The Texas Crime Victims’ Bill Of Rights Helps Rape Victims?

As A Victim Of Sexual Assault, You Have The Right:

  • To be protected from harm or threats;
  • To have a trained Advocate present during a forensic medical examination if one is available and if the advocate’s presence would not impede treatment of the victim’s medical condition.
  • To counseling and testing for AIDS and HIV-related infections;

Following the release of a Grand Jury Report this week exposing extensive child sexual abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane, and other state leaders called on legislators to eliminate the statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse. http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2016/03/15/Kane-calls-to/stories/201603150034 

Sexual Assault of Minors in Rural Areas: The Role of Departments of Human Services

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.

Warning Signs of Self-Harm in Victims of Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse

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.

Student Job Sexual Harassment: Your Rights under Title VII

A recent Article in USA Today discussed high school and college-age youths harassed during private employment or campus employment. http://college.usatoday.com/2015/03/06/know-your-rights-what-students-can-do-about-sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace/

Campus Rape: Understanding Your Legal Rights Under Title IX

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?