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Attorneys and other professionals need to know that the reasons children may want to be with an abusive parent may be based on attachment issues, feelings of shame, psychobiology, and a lack of understanding that they are even in an abusive situation. By Susan Radcliffe and Daniel Pollack | July 5, 2021 Every state defines child abuse and neglect in statute. In New Jersey, N.J.S.A. § 9:6-1 defines the specific...
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Among Catholic religious orders in the United States that, like the U.S. church itself, are facing a national reckoning over clergy sexual abuse of children, the Claretians stand out. The Claretians operate Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3200 E. 91st St. on the Southeast Side, which was the first Mexican American Catholic congregation in Chicago, established in the 1920s. Many of the order’s ministries center on children, including tutoring, violence...
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Sexual Assault Awareness
April is  S.A.A.M.  What does this mean and what can we as advocates, do about it? Sexual violence is pervasive in our society and must  be understood under a broader lens with the consequences ranging from subtle to deadly. Further complicating matters, we know that  sexual assault is an underreported crime  and  many cases even if reported are never prosecuted. A 2015 prevalence study by the University of Texas found 40% (2 in...
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time dedicated to child abuse education, awareness  and  prevention. Current data from  The Centers for Disease Control  is  as follows: Sexual violence is common. More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes. Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 38 men have experienced completed or attempted rape...
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The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence[1] recently published the following disturbing statistics regarding Dating Violence : TEEN DATING VIOLENCE Nearly 20.9% of female high school students and 13.4% of male high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. Nearly 1.5 million high school students in the United States are physically abused by dating partners every year. A 2013 study of 10th graders found that 35%...
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