Woman speaks up about sexual assault — 26 years later By Glenn Smith <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</a> Sunday, March 4, 2012 Rebecca Shea spent more than two decades hiding the memory of one Fourth of July afternoon. Shea was 13 years old in 1985 when a family friend sat beside her on a hammock during a holiday gathering […]
The bankruptcy hearings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee have revealed more than 8,000 previously unreported instances of alleged sexual abuse of children, according to one attorney representing the victims. The charges cover a span of 60 years and implicate a group of 100 alleged offenders, including nuns, church workers and some 75 priests.
All forms of violent crime take a heavy toll on society, in both tangible and intangible costs. When the violence takes place behind closed doors between members of a domestic relationship, it can be harder to identify, prevent and prosecute.
Originally the term addiction was conceived and defined as physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances (alcohol, tobacco, heroin and other substances). Subsequently, addiction was broadened to include any persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance. Henceforth, every symptom can be labeled an addiction. AddictionZ Victoria, BC Canada has compiled a list of 110 addictions as set forth by Western/Allopathic Medical criteria.
When stories of child sexual abuse hit the media and the victim is a teenager, or perhaps even a little younger, faulty underlying assumptions about the victim’s responsibility emerge. Many also jump to troubling conclusions when the victim is an adolescent or teenage boy.