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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...
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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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Do You Know Your Rights as a Victim of Sexual Assault in Texas? If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault, would you know what your legal rights are? It is important for victims to educate themselves because the rights of victims of sex crimes vary from state to state. Under...
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Believing  Sexual Abuse Victims  Promotes Healing  In a February 19,  2014  article  from the Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20140219-dont-revictimize-sexually-abused-children.ece?nclick_check=1, writers Madeline McClure and April Wilson  present an excellent  discussion of  why  child victims of  sexual abuse are often  re-victimized when they disclose their abuse. From  my own  experience as a  trial lawyer exclusively representing survivors of...
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Prevention of Sexual Assaults at Colleges and Universities In April 2014, The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault revealed its findings after a comphrehensive____study. The results were shocking, 1 in 5 students at our colleges and universities were victims of sexual aassaults.  https://www.notalone.gov/ Then in _____the  U.S. Department of Education’s Office...
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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...
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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...
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Bystander Intervention: What is It and Why it is Necessary to Prevent Sexual  Violence If you’re a college student was at a party and saw someone making unwanted sexual advances toward another student who was intoxicated, would he intervene?  What about in response to rape joke or a sexually explicit photo or video of a...
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