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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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  Sexual Assault Victims: Criminal vs. Civil Actions 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...
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A Warning for our Daughters: Sexual Violence in S.T.E.M Programs   We have all seen the push from educators for girls and young women to be educated in the so-called S.T.E.M disciplines(science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Our girls are promised well paying “jobs of the future” if they embark on S.T.E.M careers. However, there is no warning about the sexual violence they may be subjected to while studying toward making...
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