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Human Trafficking: What It Is And What To Do About It The United States is ranked the third largest trafficking destination country in the world.[1] It is estimated between 14,500-17,500 persons are trafficked annually into this country.[2] 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...
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Bipartisan Bill to Address Campus Sexual Assaults July 31st, 2014 As reported in today’s New York Times, on Wednesday, a bipartisan group of Senators  introduced legislation designed to address the shocking number of  reported sexual assaults on college campuses across this country. The measure would require transparency for schools to make public the result of anonymous surveys concerning the assaults. Further, the proposed legislation would impose penalties on universities and...
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The Child You Save May Be Your Own: Parental Responsibility In Preventing  Sexual Exploitation in Youth Sports 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...
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Why Cultural Taboos About Sexual Abuse Hurt Victims    I read with great interest earlier this week the story of  Ruzwana Bashir, an educated and accomplished  British-Pakistani woman who is the co-founder of peek.com http://www.peek.com/. Ms. Bashir, an Oxford and Harvard educated entrepreneur, recounts her story of childhood sexual abuse and the cultural obstacles and pressures from her own family when, as an adult, she was able gather the internal strength...
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Global Crimes Against Children :  A Grim Report from Unicef Using data collected from 190 countries, a U.N report concluded   about 120 million girls around the world – slightly  more than one in 10 – have been raped or sexually assaulted by the age of 20.  http://www.unicef.org/media/media_75530.html As if this finding is not grim enough, the rates regarding child homicide and overall violence against children are profoundly disturbing. The U.N...
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