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Parents are the strongest influence on their children’s decisions about sex and sexuality, yet most parents underestimate their own power. A major national survey reported in 2010 that 46 percent of teens continue to say that parents most influence their decisions about sex, while just 20 percent say friends most influence their decisions. At the same time, parents overestimate the influence media and friends have on their children’s decisions about sex and underestimate their own. The same [...]
As the shock of the contents of the Freeh report settles in, this is a good time to remember that no single school has cornered the market on being a risk to the sexual health and safety of students. A report published by the U.S. Department of Education says that various studies show that as many as 5 percent of kids report a sexual contact with a school employee sometime during their school experience. I’ve [...]
While conducting workshops for professionals working in child sexual abuse, I often start by having them work in small groups and answer the question: “where did you first learn about sex?” Their answers are all over the map, and most have one thing in common; as adults they remember the feelings being shown by the person speaking to them as strongly as they remember the words. People remember their parents feeling embarrassed — even blushing bright [...]
The LA elementary school which attracted national attention for the disgraceful acts of a few teachers and the courage of the administration to act decisively on their behalf now has a new principal. Dolores Palacio, New Miramonte principal has a long road ahead to achieve many goals, and none so important as regaining the trust of parents. In order to do so, she has to establish a new, healthy and open sexual climate in the [...]
Superintendent John Deasy of the Los Angeles Unified School District took a courageous step this week by removing the entire staff of one of the largest elementary schools in the country in the face of evidence supporting allegations of sexual abuse of children by his staff. Of course, the fact that the most notoriously botched investigation of child sexual abuse (the McMartin pre-school case which generated a trial lasting from 1987-1990) took place in a neighboring [...]
A convicted child molester in Florida recently contacted a tv station to tell how he had succeeded in abusing two young girls in the same family over a two-year period, and several others in the same community. It’s hard to say why he came forward now (you can read about it here), and it’s hard to know how much of his story is true, but I worked with pedophiles as a counselor early in my career and interviewed others researching my book for my book for parents, and his remarks certainly ring true to me. He offers one lesson you can take to the bank: Earning the children’s trust was easy because “If they believe that you will listen to them they start [...]
How often do you think about the weather? Most of us pay no attention to the actual climate surrounding us unless something extraordinary happens — a horrible storm, or a gloriously sunny day in the middle of winter. Likewise, most people pay no attention to the sexual climate in the places they spend their time each day until something doesn’t feel right. Maybe the jokes are just a little bit too risqué, or displays of [...]
As the back to school transition eases into a comfortable routine, this is a good time to consider a finding published in a report by the U.S. Department of Education: Various studies show that as many as 5 percent of kids report a sexual contact with a school employee sometime during their school experience. Section 5414 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended required a study of sexual abuse in U.S. [...]
The woman seemed to have it all — beauty, talent, a show business pedigree, a high profile loving spouse. A few years ago she chose to disappear from public life and seek the answer for her unhappiness. She has emerged as an ambassador, spokesperson and hero to victims of sexual victimization of all kinds and with a degree from my alma mater, Harvard’s Kennedy School. I saw Ms. Judd on TV as part of the [...]
So what if April is Child Abuse Prevention Month? Every month is dedicated to somebody’s favorite cause, and we all have a really short attention span. Child abuse and neglect seem to be under the radar right now. We can all be thankful when we have a week or month without reports of tragic deaths or damning reports of bad decisions by public agencies. But lately, not a week goes by that another person in the [...]
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