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things you can do for someone in an abusive relationship

I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t written this post yet– of all the things I should be writing about, this is probably one of the more important. …

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CBE International<p>School’s out for summer! Well, some of us have technically been out of school for quite a while, or maybe it’s our kids who are …

Gender Equality in Children's Stories

I recently watched a TED Talk by Colin Stokes called “How movies teach manhood.” The ideas expressed in this talk struck a chord in me and got me …

Why So Many Men Don't Stand Up for Their Female Colleagues

The traditional explanation is sexism, but even those who genuinely want to see more equality sometimes fail to speak out.<p>The percent of women in executive-officer positions at <i>Fortune</i> 500 companies has stagnated at less than 15. As more women "lean in" and we collectively continue to fight sexism, …

What You Teach Your Kids When You Hit Them

April 30, 2014 by Sarah Moon<p><i>Until we live in a culture that not only respects but also upholds basic civil rights for children, most children will</i> …

"Captivating" Review: 34-43, "Why Beauty Matters"

[<i>unrelated author’s note: my cat, Elsa, has eaten 1-2 feet of yarn sometime early this morning, so I spent the last few hours at the vet. My hope is</i> …

Put down the razor: pubic hair grooming injuries are on the rise.

When you think about it, putting a razor anywhere in the vicinity of your most sensitive parts is… well, a little bit bonkers. Risk-wise, it’s up …

In China, a Young Feminist Battles Sexual Violence Step by Step

A hundred days. That’s how long it took Xiao Meili to walk from Beijing, in the arid north, to the humid, central city of Changsha. Since September, …

Woody Allen denies Dylan Farrow's sexual assault allegation

Film director Woody Allen released a statement Sunday denying adopted daughter Dylan Farrow's allegation that he sexually assaulted her when she was 7 years old.<p>In an open letter posted online Saturday by The New York Times, Farrow recounted her allegation that Allen sexually assaulted her in the …

Woody Allen hits back at 'disgraceful' sex abuse claims by Dylan Farrow

"The one to blame for Dylan's distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen."<p>In 1992 Allen was accused of sexually assaulting the then seven-year-old …

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William Roache trial judge tells jurors to put emotions aside

Jurors in the trial of the Coronation Street actor William Roache have been told to leave emotions aside in dealing with a "head-on conflict of evidence".<p>Roache, 81, who plays Ken Barlow in the ITV soap, is accused of using his fame and popularity to exploit "starstruck" youngsters in the late …

10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation

This week, a number of commentators have published articles containing incorrect and irresponsible claims regarding the allegation of Woody Allen’s having sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. As the author of two lengthy, heavily researched and thoroughly fact-checked articles that …

My Boyfriend Raped Me, I Have Evidence, Yet He’s Not Behind Bars

By Coline Hay,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1bvbFQq<p>“Oh my God. You think I’m raping you!”<p>My (now ex-) boyfriend Shawn* looked down at me. I stared …

Revealed: How Jimmy Savile's child victims 'were laughed at and told they were lucky to be targeted by the DJ'

• Many victims have still not told friends and relatives that they were abused<br>• Those who confided in others were ignored or mocked, NSPCC report</b> …

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It's Time For Everyone To Intervene In Domestic Violence - It Happens Across Australia

Sitting beside a pool in Bali this month, a friend joined me, distressed by what he had just witnessed.<p>As he left his villa, a couple began an …

Max Clifford 'bullied' naive young women to perform sex acts, court hears

Max Clifford used his fame to "bully and manipulate" vulnerable young women, including a 14-year-old girl, to perform sex acts on him over 20 years, a court has heard.<p>The celebrity publicist used his London office as "his own sexual fiefdom" to indecently assault a series of naive women who sought …

An Open Letter To My Abuser

<i>Growing up, you probably heard of several cases of abuse. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse and so on… Something might have happened to a</i> …

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Adam Goodes has just joined the White Ribbon Uncover Secrets campaign.

There are few things more powerful than a respected celebrity sharing their own personal story. The vulnerability and candour of a famous person can …

Watch Obama, Daniel Craig and Steve Carrell in a PSA on sexual assault

There are few things more complex or more devastating than sexual assault.<p>That’s why we’re so relieved that some of the most powerful, famous men in …

Behind this wedding photo is a disturbing message about domestic violence.

<i>Trigge</i><i>r Warning: This post deals with issues of domestic violence and may be triggering for survivors of abuse.</i><p>This Norwegian campaign is not new. …

How to talk to kids about sexual abuse

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was a typical PTA meeting at my daughters' elementary school with talk of budgets, fundraisers and the upcoming school calendar, until a guest speaker stood up to talk, shattering the banality of the meeting with a story no parent wants to hear.<p>Jill Starishevsky, a New York City …

Bridegroom who raped girl, 14, on his wedding night while his pregnant wife slept next door is jailed for 18 years

• <b>William Jordan raped a 14-year-old after marrying in a London town hall</b>• <b><br>He was 18 when he carried out attack at a friend's house as his wife slept</b>• <b><br>His</b> …

Domestic violence of epidemic proportions a 'national emergency': campaign groups

Campaigners say domestic violence is at epidemic proportions and has reached the point where it is time to declare a national emergency.<p>The chief …

Domestic violence victim Kay Schubach speaks out as calls for national summit strengthen

Like many people, Kay Schubach watched the Simon Gittany murder trial unfold on television with a sense of dread and sorrow. But for her, it was far …

The new online shopping trend that won't send you broke.

Just shut it down before sh*t gets real.<p>Last night I loaded up on $671 worth of clothing from the comfort of my own bed.<p>Oh, it was glorious. A satiny …

Stuart Hall manipulated girls to accept years of sexual abuse, court hears

The former television and radio broadcaster Stuart Hall conditioned two young girls to accept years of sexual abuse at his hands, a court has heard.<p>Hall, 84, manipulated them until they became "subservient and submissive" to his demands, Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, told Preston crown court, …