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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...
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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...
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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...
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Many professionals such as First Responders, mental healthcare workers, lawyers, judges, police officers, clergy  and others who routinely come in contact with trauma and suffering as part of their work  can suffer emotional and physical affects because regular interaction with trauma can take a toll. The result can be what is termed  “vicarious trauma.”  When...
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CONROE – Father Manuel Antonio La Rosa Lopez left a Conroe courtroom in manacles Wednesday after being sentenced to ten years in prison for two counts of indecency with a child. “He feels remorseful. This is a sad episode that’s over,” said his attorney Wendell Odom. The cases stem from his sexual abuse of a 13-year-old...
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As a Crime Victim Lawyer, one of the most important meetings is the initial interview to listen to the victim’s story. Just verbalizing the sexual violence they suffered can be re-traumatizing, so, lawyers should understand their role as Trauma Informed advocates in order to foster a trusting environment in which the client can tell their...
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A Houston-area priest has pleaded guilty to child indecency charges in a case that has put a focus on the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and its failures over the handling of sexual abuse cases. The Rev. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, 62, pleaded guilty to two out of five charges of indecency with a child Nov. 17, as part of an agreement...
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Note: this article is in Spanish El padre Manuel La Rosa-Lopez se ha declarado culpable de dos cargos en un caso de abuso sexual contra menores de edad en el área de Houston, Texas, por lo que enfrentará una sentencia de 10 años en prisión. La fiscal principal del condado de Montgomery, Nancy Hebert, explicó...
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CONROE – Father Manuel Antonio La Rosa Lopez left a Conroe courtroom in manacles Wednesday after being sentenced to ten years in prison for two counts of indecency with a child. “He feels remorseful. This is a sad episode that’s over,” said his attorney Wendell Odom. The cases stem from his sexual abuse of a 13-year-old...
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What is grooming?  A recent Article in Psychology Today by Elizabeth Jeglic, Ph.D, contains important information for parents. https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/protecting-children-sexual-abuse/202010/detecting-sexual-grooming?fbclid=IwAR0fseosJh6j846aUFic_YL2qUGNRS8bayI-o2XHqYHMaRJNrNSb_H7eOsM As the author explains, “Grooming” is the  deceptive process sexual predators use to develop trust with a child-victim as well as other adults in the child’s life.  Grooming “desensitizes” the child to sexual content and physical contact. Post-abuse, the...
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