The complaint process in our US Congress for sexual harassment is flawed to the point people are not reporting. Today Speaker Paul Ryan announced all House Representatives and staff will have mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. Rep. Speier understands training is not enough; processes must be corrected to allow for abuse and harassment allegations to properly hold offenders accountable and ensure victims are protected.
“We need to say this out loud,” Hill stressed to the crowd. “Women are entitled to work, and girls are entitled to go to school and compete like Aly does in places free of sexual harassment.” And children should live in homes free of abuse and sexual harassment.
How many people have said, he/she is old enough to tell if something happened? Anthony Edwards, the confident, assured, wise actor couldn’t at 14 but now in his fifties, he can. When one person tells, it allows for another to know it will be OK to tell. “I’ve learned a lot in these last four years. Most importantly, I’ve learned that I’m not alone. One in six men have an abusive sexual experience before they turn 18. Secrecy, shame and fear are the tools of abuse, and it is only by breaking the stigma of childhood sexual abuse that we can heal, change attitudes, and create safer environments for our children,” Anthony Edwards. Please read this full essay to hear why he couldn’t tell sooner and know we need to help children more than ever before.
Read the essay here.
The #MeToo movement extends to children in many of the cases we are reading about. We know how hard it was for children to speak about this as well as adults whether it happened to them as adults or children. We also know 1 in 10 children worldwide will be sexually abused by the time they are 18 and 85% of the time this happens by someone they know.
“The only way to shatter this perpetual cycle is to de-stigmatize the issue and address it, head on. And raising awareness, and focusing on prevention, is where it starts. If we’re truly committed to ending the cycle of abuse, we must do our part to change how we talk about it, how we perceive it, how we deal with it — and what we need to do to stop it by recognizing the warning signs.”
Read full article here.
When there is a claim of child or spousal abuse, courts around the country grant custody to the abuser too often. Why is that? Lilia Luciano is discussing the topic with Jaclyn Qirreh and Catherine Campbell from the California Protective Parent Association while answering your questions.
Watch video here.