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Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue

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  • Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society
  • Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.
  • Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
  • We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse
  • Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment
  • All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society

Julie Asher, Catholic News Service / National Catholic Reporter


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Understanding the plague of sexual abuse in this country means going beyond the immediate headlines and understanding what experts are saying about this scourge. It also means looking not only at the Catholic Church but at all institutions and societal structures where abuse can take place.

Julie Asher <>, Catholic News Service / National Catholic Reporter

Feb 11, 2019 | Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.

More than 60,000 children are reported to have been abused every year, outnumbering those killed by guns or cars. Those who survive are often left not only with physical wounds, but also with psychological wounds that may never heal. These wounds exact both a profound personal and social cost.

Julie Asher: national editor at Catholic News Service

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Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
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We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse — starting with purity teachings that shame survivors.

Linda Kay Klein, NBC News Think

Feb. 12, 2019 | Sexual abuse was never just a Catholic problem. But unlike the Catholic structure, evangelical churches like the one I grew up in and have spent the past 13 years researching are largely self-governing. This means we’ve mostly lacked the kind of bureaucratic record that might prove systemic abuse the way it’s been documented in Catholic dioceses.



Sexual violence extends well beyond the church, yet I have found that religious authoritarianism and purity culture can enable it.



Now, a report on a major evangelical denomination is changing all that.

Linda Kay Klein is the author of "Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free," and the founder of "Break Free Together," a nonprofit committed to helping people release shame and claim their whole selves.

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Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment

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Worker leadership and mobilization, state and local policy innovations, and industry commitments must be part of a collective, comprehensive, and holistic strategy to eliminate sex-based, discriminatory workplace practices.

Diana Boesch, Jocelyn Frye, and Kaitlin Holmes, Center for American Progress

January 15, 2019 | Survivors' stories that have fueled the #MeToo movement are a vivid, troubling reminder of the need to combat sexual harassment in all workplaces and industries, especially for workers who face the steepest imbalances of power.



All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.



Importantly, there are successful strategies that have been deployed at the state level that are already making a difference.

This report highlights innovations to transform workplace practices and create better work environments for all—from worker-led initiatives to voluntary employer commitments to state-level legislative efforts and more.

Policymakers must prioritize bold, concrete action steps to combat sexual harassment and misconduct.

Diana Boesch is a research assistant for the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress.
Jocelyn Frye
is a senior fellow at the Center. Her expertise is Women's economic security, women's rights.
Kaitlin Holmes was a research assistant for the Women’s Initiative at the Center.

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Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors. Credo Action / Ultraviolet

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  • Tell Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: "Do not eviscerate protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault."
  • Related: These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government.

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Court Rules School Can Use Electric Shock as Punishment For Special Needs Students

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The use of shock therapy has been proven to be ineffective, and it is not used very often because other treatments work much better.

John Vibes, Activist Post

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July 2, 2018 | Family Court (Bristol County, MA) Judge Katherine Field denied a motion to stop the use of electric shock on disabled students, a form of punishment that has been controversial for years after news of the practice first reached the public in 2013 when video surfaced of an 18-year-old student receiving dozens of shocks for refusing to take off his jacket.

“(The state) failed to demonstrate that there is now a professional consensus that the Level III aversive treatment used at JRC does not conform to the accepted standard of care for treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Judge Field wrote in her decision.

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Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

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  • Tell Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:   "Do not eviscerate protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault."
  • Related: These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government.
  • Related: Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sign%20Up%2C%20Enter%20Your%20E-mail%20Address%20banner.jpgBetsy DeVos is trying to make it easier for schools to sweep campus sexual assault under the rug. Cheered on by conservatives and so-called men's rights groups, the Department of Education recently released proposed rule changes to Title IX, the landmark legislation that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funding.



Betsy DeVos wants to make schools less safe. Submit a comment to stop her.



This proposed rule is designed to deter survivors from reporting harassment and assault. DeVos’ changes allow schools to ignore assaults that happen off campus and limit who students can report to. Those who do report will face a process set up to intimidate and traumatize them – not protect them. But we can stop these changes from becoming official. Before these proposed rule can go into effect, the Department of Education must make them available for public comment and then address the concerns raised in the comments. Will you submit a comment now?

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Related:

These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government. Josh Israel, Danielle McLean, Think Progress
Yvette Cabrera, Joshua Eaton, and Kira Lerner contributed reporting to this story.


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  • Back in October (2017) a leaked Office of Management and Budget (OMB) document revealed that eight staffers are quietly poised to take an axe to domestic policy. After examining these eight members, we found they're deeply conservative and uniquely suited to dismantle or outsource major parts of the federal government.
  • Related: Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth.

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Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society
  • Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.
  • Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
  • We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse
  • Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment
  • All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

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The Covington Catholic Boys "Conundrum"

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  • Part 1: Covington Catholic Boys Shouldn’t Be Expelled—They Should Be Educated.
  • "Haul their asses back to school and teach them better.” Also their parents. And some of their teachers ... .
  • Part 2: "Unfortunate and Regrettable"
  • The Cincinnati diocese called the boy's behavior “unfortunate and regrettable,” the language when PR isn't conceding fault

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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Part 1: Covington Catholic Boys Shouldn’t Be Expelled—They Should Be Educated.


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Erin Wathen, Patheos

January 20, 2019 | Several years ago, there was some egregious display of racism on a college campus. I’m thinking it was somewhere in the south, or possibly Texas? The “where” is not the point. What I remember about that instance is the large public outcry for the students to be expelled. In response, the University President issued a public statement, saying that to be kicked out of school was the LAST thing these students needed. “If we expel these students, what do they learn?” he said. The purpose of a college is to expand minds, to expose students to worldviews beyond their own limited experience. This was an opportunity, he said, to make sure they do not hold onto their harmful views, but be stretched beyond them. Rather than casting them out to live among like-minded people who would only reinforce their prejudice, the school would make sure they got an education.

I’m paraphrasing mightily here, but that was the gist. Within community, transformation is possible. Beyond it, there is only isolation.

https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/b74f7ca70483103d7b13738306adccf4?s=190&d=mm&r=g Erin Wathen is the Senior Pastor of Saint Andrew Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Olathe, KS. She's a Kentucky native.

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Part 2: "Unfortunate and Regrettable"

The Cincinnati diocese called the boy's behavior “unfortunate and regrettable,” the language when PR isn't conceding fault—fitting because this was in keeping with the theology they've been taught.

Morgan Guyton, Patheos <>

January 20, 2019 | The boys of Covington Catholic High School stole the show at this weekend’s March for Life in Washington, DC when they surrounded and mocked Vietnam Veteran and indigenous elder Nathan Phillips while he was in the midst of a sacred ceremony. What stuck out in my mind was the response from the Cincinnati Diocese, who called the incident “unfortunate and regrettable.”

That’s the kind of language that public relations officials use when they don’t want to concede fault but they don’t want to be accused of condoning something that is getting a lot of negative media. Roman Catholic public relations officials have had a lot of practice with this kind of wordsmithing because of their rapist priests. But the language is fitting. Because what the boys did was entirely in keeping with the theology they have been taught. It was simply a socially unpalatable way of expressing it.

https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/ccc7edabc6e70bd443d33eab0f05ce8d?s=190&d=mm&r=gMorgan Guyton is the director of the NOLA Wesley Foundation, which is the United Methodist campus ministry at Tulane and Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.

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