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LESS TALK, MORE ACTION: ARE THE POPE’S WORDS HOLLOW?   Yesterday, Pope Francis promised Catholic Bishops “will be held accountable” for failing to protect children from sexual abuse. http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/07/world/pope-clerical-sex-abuse/index.html?sr=fb070714popescandalVODtoplink).   Acknowledged by some as the Pope’s strongest statement yet of what abuse victims and their advocates have been saying for decades: that Catholic Bishops who have covered-up clergy sexual abuse are just as guilty as their perpetrators. Pope Francis’ comments...
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Survey Finds Colleges and  Universities Fail to Protect  Sexual Assault Victims According to a recent survey conducted  by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) a former sex crimes prosecutor,  41 percent of institutions of higher education have not investigated a single report of sexual violence in the past five years. The survey was sent to 440 institutions of higher education responsible for educating more than five million students; 319 schools completed the...
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Survey Finds Colleges and Universities Fail to Protect Sexual Assault Victims  According to a recent survey conducted  by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), a former sex crimes prosecutor,  41 percent of institutions of higher education have not investigated a single report of sexual violence in the past five years. The survey was sent to 440 institutions of higher education responsible for educating more than five million students; 319 schools completed the...
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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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