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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.

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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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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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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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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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Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It's over.

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This time, it has to be different. Bishops, the prolonged abuse scandal would suggest that you've not done very well taking stock of yourselves.
Editorial Staff, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)
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Nov 9, 2018 | Dear brothers in Christ, shepherds, fellow pilgrims,

We address you as you approach this year's national meeting in Baltimore because we know there is nowhere left to hide.
It's over.

All the manipulations and contortions of the past 33 years, all the attempts to deflect and equivocate — all of it has brought the church, but especially you, to this moment.

It's over.

National Catholic Reporter (NCR) is a religious news source with worldly interests, and though a large amount of its reporting deals with issues of the Catholic church, an equal amount of its coverage is a marriage of the religious, political and social forces shaping public policies and institutions.

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Don’t Call It a Comeback: Louis C.K. and His #MeToo Bros Don’t Deserve One

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Comedian Louis C.K. (pictured here in 2012) may have Emmys, but he shouldn't have a second chance until he recognizes the gravity of his harassment of women entertainers. Shutterstock

The comedian who masturbated in front of junior women colleagues said he's lost an estimated $35 million. Funny how he didn't mention the pain he inflicted.

Kieran Scarlett, Rewire

Oct 18, 2018 | Almost a year after #MeToo accusations against him, comedian Louis C.K. is returning to the limelight.

Commentators and public alike are occupied with the question: Can C.K. and Hollywood’s other outed abusers regain their celebrity status and our trust? Or, in other words, is there a path to redemption?

Important questions, but I’d like us to consider others. Let’s start with: How do powerful men define loss? And why must we adopt their definitions? How much—or how little—are we willing to ask them to do to make something like amends?

Kieran Scarlett is a culture writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.

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Men, We Can Do Better

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  • Survivors of sexual assault like Christine Blasey Ford deserve our support, not our opposition.
  • Related: Special Report | There Has Been Little Change Historically In How to Handle Sexual Harassment.

Chris Winters, Yes! Magazine

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Sep 28, 2018 | Like millions of Americans, I sat riveted before the television on Thursday watching the quiet, calm, and dignified testimony of a woman, Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who was scarred for life by sexual assault. She sat in a room full of powerful men and described her ordeal at the hands of another powerful man.

Then I watched that accused man, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, yell and scream about how it was all just unfair and a political hit job and a conspiracy by Democrats to get revenge for the 2016 election. His unbridled rage was shared by several other powerful men in the room, especially Senator Lindsay Graham, whose rant seemed to be an audition for a senior appointment in the Trump administration.

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Special Report | There Has Been Little Change Historically In How to Handle Sexual Harassment. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: How Little Has Changed Since Anita Hill Spoke Out Against Clarence Thomas.
  • A Supreme Court justice is once again on track to be confirmed despite facing sexual misconduct allegations.
  • Part 2: Anita Hill: The Public’s Attitude On Sexual Harassment Has Definitely Changed
  • Yet women still shoulder too much of the burden when it comes to abuse in the workplace, she says.

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