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Parents are in the final throes of preparing for Halloween, buying candy, decorating their houses and in too many families fighting over costumes that make a parent cringe. Whether the costume makes a politically-incorrect statement or projects an image you can’t stomach (Miley twerking, anyone?) Halloween can present some important teaching moments. Even if you ultimately ban the costume with a strong “because I said so” you can get a few points across during the […]
Summer means sports and baseball gloves are being oiled up in homes round the country. Thoughts are turning to runs, hits, errors, uniforms, caps and spikes. And cups. It’s standard practice for leagues to require boys to wear a hard protective cup over their genitals during practice and games. One family I know had a golden teachable moment when their 5 year old wanted know why he had to wear a cup over his penis. […]
Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by sexual victimization. Look at the published numbers—different studies suggest 70,000 kids each year, others suggest 90,000 kids each year, some say one out of 4 kids; others, one out of 6. Regardless of the source, the number of affected children is huge. These findings have become the rallying cries of advocates, and many professionals remind us that these reports are only the tip of the iceberg. […]
The most cunning predators choose a victim who can’t speak up. The drug dealer robs a junkie who can’t call the cops; the hooker robs the john who doesn’t want to be caught. These scenarios describe victims who put themselves in precarious positions; they took a risk and lost. The only risk a child victim of a pedophile took was to accept the friendship of an adult and they find themselves forced into a devastating silence […]
Penn State announced today that they now require all employees to report suspected child abuse to state authorities. Many advocates will express raging ambivalence that this is too little too late, and there is some truth to that. But consider the fact that Pennsylvania laws specify one of the most limited groups of mandated reporters of suspected child abuse of any state in the country. The only people required by Pennsylvania law to report suspected […]
Some people like to believe that abuse of children is a problem restricted to the poor, or disadvantaged. No so. The sex abuse allegations involving a prep school upscale enough to include the son of a governor are a stark reminder that people who prey on kids can be anywhere. Predators come in all shapes, sizes, neighborhoods and income levels. They can ingratiate themselves into the lives of children and families as friends, coaches, clergy, […]
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