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No Longer Invisible brings the experiences of abuse survivors to light

I know first-hand how extremely difficult it is for survivors to literally open their mouths and speak those dreadful, shocking words: “I was sexually abused.” But I believe that childhood sexual abuse continues to be perpetrated upon young victims because it is an “invisible” offense.I have come to the conclusion that the only way to eradicate this horrific epidemic is for survivors to courageously “reveal” themselves – connecting human flesh with the astounding statistics. We must be visible.

Stand with me and become No Longer Invisible …….. because I’m not the only one.

There are many initiatives floating to the surface these days around support survivors of sexual abuse. The Penn State scandal helped in raising awareness, and these projects which ...

I know first-hand how extremely difficult it is for survivors to literally open their mouths and speak those dreadful, shocking words: “I was sexually abused.” But I believe that childhood sexual abuse continues to be perpetrated upon ...

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1)Up with Chris Hayes drops systemic analysis on Penn State

Because the post highlights a much-needed critical, thoughtful perspective, which challenges the sensationalism and irresponsible journalism which dominates our media and manages to focus on2) because Jos becomes the 438th person I know to claim Chris Hayes as her boyfriend.

Chris Hayes, my morning talk show boyfriend, dedicated an hour of his Saturday show to the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. Hayes is joined by a great panel: The New Yorker writer Rick Hertzberg, University of Texas visiting scholar Victoria M. Defrancesco Soto, former Brooklyn District Attorney and Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, MSNBC political analyst Michael Eric Dyson, and The Nation‘s sports writer Dave Zirin. They look at the way powerful institutions breed this sort of corruption and evil, drawing links with ...

1)Up with Chris Hayes drops systemic analysis on Penn State

Because the post highlights a much-needed critical, thoughtful perspective, which challenges the sensationalism and irresponsible journalism which dominates our media and manages to focus on2) because Jos ...

Secret Survivors: Breaking the silence around child sexual abuse

Recent events, particularly the Penn State case, have reminded us of the great need to find tools to combat child sexual abuse. It’s one of the most hidden epidemics, with an estimated one in six boys and one in four girls experiencing some form of sexual abuse.

I believe that one of the most powerful ways to combat an epidemic like this one is for survivors to tell their stories–for folks to break the silence. It shows how common this really is, gives others the courage to speak out and even escape abusive situations.

A new documentary project is in the works that does just that: Secret Survivors.

Secret Survivors is an interview-based theater project by NYC-based theater company,

Recent events, particularly the Penn State case, have reminded us of the great need to find tools to combat child sexual abuse. It’s one of the most hidden epidemics, with an estimated one in ...

Up with Chris Hayes drops systemic analysis on Penn State

Chris Hayes, my morning talk show boyfriend, dedicated an hour of his Saturday show to the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. Hayes is joined by a great panel: The New Yorker writer Rick Hertzberg, University of Texas visiting scholar Victoria M. Defrancesco Soto, former Brooklyn District Attorney and Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, MSNBC political analyst Michael Eric Dyson, and The Nation‘s sports writer Dave Zirin. They look at the way powerful institutions breed this sort of corruption and evil, drawing links with the scandal in the Catholic Church. There are also smart explorations of some of the class and race dynamics at play. The full hour is an important contextualizing of this scandal within some larger systems of power. There’s certainly more to discuss, including about the ...

Chris Hayes, my morning talk show boyfriend, dedicated an hour of his Saturday show to the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. Hayes is joined by a great panel: The New Yorker writer Rick Hertzberg, University of Texas visiting ...

Breaking: Penn State Coach Joe Paterno and President fired by Board of Trustees

In the latest update on the Penn State sex abuse cover-up scandal, the University Board of Trustees has fired both the head coach and the University President for their alleged roles in the cover up. This despite the fact that Coach Paterno tried to avoid being fired by announcing his end of season retirement earlier today. Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Penn State trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier (SPAN<-yer) amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.The massive shakeup Wednesday night came hours after Paterno announced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season. But the outcry following the arrest of former assistant ...

In the latest update on the Penn State sex abuse cover-up scandal, the University Board of Trustees has fired both the head coach and the University President for their alleged roles in the cover up. This ...

Jesuits settle $166 million sexual abuse suit, charged in another

Last week the Northwest Jesuits agreed to pay $166.1 million in a bankruptcy settlement with about 500 people who were sexually abused by priests. The majority of the payment will come from the religious order’s insurers. The Northwest Jesuits declared bankruptcy in 2009 when a number of sexual abuse charges were brought against the order. This is the largest abuse settlement against a religious order in the US (as opposed to a diocese).

The abuse occurred primarily in American Indian boarding schools, and the survivors are mostly American Indians. The Jesuits are generally associated with education – they run a number of high schools and universities – and also have a reputation for social justice (with obvious exceptions in the ...

Last week the Northwest Jesuits agreed to pay $166.1 million in a bankruptcy settlement with about 500 people who were sexually abused by priests. The majority of the payment will come from the religious order’s insurers. ...

Scott Brown reveals history of sexual and emotional abuse on 60 minutes.

Scott Brown, the Republican Senator that garnered tremendous attention after he won the seat of the deceased Ted Kennedy as Senator in Massachusetts, has a memoir coming out. He will be on 60 Minutes this Sunday promoting the book. In the preview for the 60 Minutes special, Brown reveals that he was emotionally abused as a child by his mother’s many husbands and then sexually abused by a camp counselor.

The interview not only details some of the circumstances of his assualt, but this is also the first time his wife and mother are hearing about it. Via the Daily News,

He said he never told anyone out of shame and fear, and even his mother and wife would be hearing ...

Scott Brown, the Republican Senator that garnered tremendous attention after he won the seat of the deceased Ted Kennedy as Senator in Massachusetts, has a memoir coming out. He will be on 60 Minutes this Sunday promoting ...

Book Review: Raised By The Mistress

The mistress or the “other woman” is a role and archetype that has existed all throughout history garnering disdain and intrigue. More often than not, the mistress to a married man, or otherwise “spoken for” man, becomes the target of scorn and attack instead of placing the blame on both parties (gasp, the man plays a role too!). But the book, “Raised By The Mistress” candidly explores the mistress from another vantage point: from the eyes of a woman who grew up as the daughter of a married man’s mistress of over 20 years. Scandalous.

The mistress or the “other woman” is a role and archetype that has existed all throughout history garnering disdain and intrigue. More often than not, the mistress to a married man, or otherwise “spoken for” man, becomes ...

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