Child Abuse

Grooming and Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Contexts

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Sydney, Australia   •   Professor Patrick O'Leary, Emma Koh, and Andrew Dare
Recent efforts to clarify definitions of grooming in research reflect an increased awareness of the diverse range of settings in which grooming may occur, as well as the diverse range of targets and purposes of grooming techniques...

Lessons Learned from my Advocacy & the “Plywood” Model

Kol v'Oz Global Summit on Child Sexual Abuse at the United Jewish Association (UJA) in New York, NY   •   Christopher Anderson

Study on Sexual Violence and Advocacy

Guila Benchimol, Doctoral Candidate – Sociological Criminology, University of Guelph
A researcher at the University of Guelph is conducting a study examining how some victims or survivors of sexual violence, including child sexual abuse and sexual assault, become anti-sexual violence advocates or activists. See the attached study poster for information on how to participate.

‘Like Walking Through a Hailstorm’: Discrimination against LGBT Youth in US Schools

Human Rights Watch
Outside the home, schools are the primary vehicles for educating, socializing, and providing services to young people in the US. Schools can be difficult environments for students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but they are often especially unwelcoming for LGBT youth.

‘I Will Never Know the Person Who I Could Have Become’: Perceived Changes in Self-Identity Among Adult Survivors of Clergy-Perpetrated Sex Abuse

Journal of Interpersonal Violence   •   Scott D. Easton, PhD, ACSW, LMSW; Danielle M. Leone-Sheehan, MSN, RN; and Patrick J. O’Leary, PhD
Clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse (CPSA) during childhood represents a tragic betrayal of trust that inflicts damage on the survivor, the family, and the parish community. Survivors often report CPSA has a disturbing impact on their self-identity.

The Lasting Damage of Child Abuse

The Huffington Post   •   Scott Mendelson, M.D.
Abused children may grow up to be adults prone to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other disorders. They are more prone to suicide. However, in recent years we have learned that abuse does more than wound self-esteem and break the spirit. It can damage the very substance of the brain...

Link between child abuse and alcoholism. Important study.

SOL Reform   •   Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.
A study reported in June 2013 edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research provides valuable insight into the relationship of childhood abuse and later alcohol abuse.

The Rules Against Scandal and What They Mean for the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses

Maryland Law Review   •   Marci A. Hamilton
Theorizing about religious liberty and the Constitution tends to operate in a sphere divorced from fact. Cases are couched in the following terms: A sincere religious believer is pitted against an impersonal, domineering, and/or insensitive government.

The “Licentiousness” in Religious Organizations and Why It Is Not Protected Under Religious Liberty Constitutional Provisions

William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal   •   Marci A. Hamilton
There is no doubt that the sexual abuse of children occurs within religious organizations and that these organizations too often operate to perpetuate cycles of
abuse. There was a time when such a statement was counter-intuitive, but it is now merely a statement of fact.

The Waterloo for the so-called church autonomy theory: Widespread clergy abuse and institutional cover-up

Cardozo Law Review   •   Marci A. Hamilton
The catastrophe of childhood sexual abuse by clergy in the U.S. was caused by multiple social forces that came together to put children at risk. The phenomenon is nondenominational, with cases involving the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Jehovah’s Witness
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