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Child abuse, neglect a leading public health crisis

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Spartanburg County is making great strides in improving health and well-being in the community. We have successful initiatives such as The Road to Better Health with five priority areas (improve access to care, reduce childhood obesity, improve birth outcomes, reduce tobacco use, improve behavioral health access), the Childhood Obesity Taskforce, the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the Spartanburg ... Read More »

Effects of Sexual Assault


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Survivors of sexual assault may experience severe feelings of anxiety, stress or fear, known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as a direct result of the assault. Substance Abuse Victims of rape or sexual assault may turn to alcohol or other substances in an attempt to relieve their emotional suffering. Self-Harm / Self-Injury Deliberate self-harm, or ... Read More »

Who are the Victims of Sexual Abuse and Rape?

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Breakdown by Gender and Age: Women 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).1 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.1 9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.2 Lifetime rate of rape /attempted rape for women by ... Read More »

Childhood Sex Abuse: Ending the Silence


TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ABUSE - by Christine “Cissy” White  What if every survivor of sexual abuse picked up the phone, called their abusers and confronted them like this woman did? (Or wrote an “open letter” in The New York Times like this woman did?) That would be a lot of calls. One in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys have been sexually abused during childhood. Ninety-three percent ... Read More »

Child abuse and neglect rise with income inequality


In the aftermath of the Great Recession and the increased attention to the widening income gap, concern over the impact of inequality on children and families has risen. According to a nationwide study by Cornell researchers, the list of bad outcomes associated with income inequality now includes child abuse and neglect. The income inequality-child maltreatment study, covering all 3,142 U.S. ... Read More »

Abuse case ‘most disturbing’ judge had heard

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A convicted rapist whose offending was described as “worse than a modern-day Once Were Warriors” has been jailed for 16 years. The comparison with the New Zealand novel and film was made by Detective Neil Kitchen at the conclusion of 53-year-old Patrick Kohu’s trial at the High Court in Nelson in December. Today Justice David Collins sentenced Kohu to 16 ... Read More »

The harrowing abuse of Iraqi women

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“When they first put the electricity on me, I gasped; my body went rigid and the bag came off my head,” Israa Salah, a detained Iraqi woman, told Human Rights Watch (HRW) in her heartrending testimony. Israa (not her real name) was arrested by US and Iraqi forces in 2010. She was tortured to the point of confessing to terrorist ... Read More »

Child abuse scandals at the heart of the Catholic Church


The UN denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for failing to stamp out child abuse, and called on the Church to remove all clergy suspected of raping or molesting children. The following are paedophilia scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church in recent years: - Canada: The Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John’s, Newfoundland was closed in 1990 after it ... Read More »

Child trapped in prison of abuse


People who study child abuse distinguish physical abuse from emotional abuse. Physical abuse is the hitting, biting and burning that leaves physical scars. Emotional abuse is the belittling, threatening, humiliating and terrorizing that leaves scars buried inside a child. Researchers have found that rates of physical child abuse have dropped in this country while rates of emotional child abuse have ... Read More »

An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow


(A note from Nicholas Kristof: In 1993, accusations that Woody Allen had abused his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, filled the headlines, part of a sensational story about the celebrity split between Allen and his girlfriend, Mia Farrow. This is a case that has been written about endlessly, but this is the first time that Dylan Farrow herself has written about ... Read More »