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  What To Say When Someone Tells You They Were Sexually Assaulted It is hard to know what to say when someone you are close to tells you they were sexually violated. Your response at that time can make a difference. Here are some thoughts to consider: Don’t judge. Survivors make an outcry when they are psychologically ready to do so. You should not press for details if they are...
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By Michael Bettencourt On March 22, 2017  Daniel Pollack, professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and Toby G. Kleinman, a lawyer and instructor at Nova Southeastern University, have co-authored Domestic Abuse, Child Custody, and Visitation: Winning in Family Court, published this year by Oxford University Press. Read More:
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How to Recognize the Signs of Verbal/Emotional Abuse We all have friends who share with us problems they are having in relationships. When should you suggest professional help or intervention?  If they describe any of the following tactics often used by abusers: Public embarrassment including yelling, comments about physical appearance calculated to intimate or humiliate  Threats to reveal an embarrassing “secret” (emotional blackmail); Forced or coerced sexual behaviors; Stalking behavior...
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Talking to Your Teenager Being a parent of a teenager today can be overwhelming, especially when print and television media constantly surrounds us with sexually explicit images and messages. Even our children’s own peers may expose them to graphic sexual words and images through social media and the use of smart phones.  Who knew what “twerking” was before the Miley Cyrus “performance” at the MVA Awards? I certainly did not....
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