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2010-04-26 15:35:00

MARYKNOLL, N.Y., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- From the United States, Ireland, Germany, Holland, and Italy come nearly daily reports of clergy sexual abuse, and more questions about the roles and responsibilities of church leaders. Now When Values Collide: The Catholic Church, Sexual Abuse and the Challenges of Leadership by Joseph Chinnici offers an extraordinary view of the crisis, its roots and repercussions in the first book by one who had to face the crisis as one of the leaders of his...

2010-04-13 14:35:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vision of Hope along with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) are pleased to announce Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Foundation as the recipient of the 2010 Vision of Hope funds. The award amount of $51,000 will assist the Foundation in developing an educational program designed specifically for practicing physicians and their providers. The multi-method...

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2010-03-25 10:20:07

Sexual abuse in childhood increases the chances of high-risk pregnancy, shows a new study conducted by Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Head of the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies at the University of Haifa, Lee Yampolsky and Dr. Tzachi Ben Zion, Deputy Director of Soroka Hospital. "Even when a woman willingly and happily commences a pregnancy, it seems that the body relates the sexual act that created the pregnancy with the abuse trauma, evoking negative feelings which can then be...

2010-03-04 09:05:00

VALENCIA, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a five-week trial, a jury in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, awarded 94-year old Sophie Schwartz $12.5 million ($6 million in general damages and $6.5 million in punitive damages) on March 1, 2010 against Jose Vazquez and Oakdale Heights Management Corporation for the 2007 sexual assault committed while Schwartz resided at Oakdale Heights of Santa Clarita in Santa Clarita, California. The Honorable...

2010-02-02 11:12:16

Exposure to severe stress early in life increases the risk of alcohol and drug addiction. Yet surprisingly, some adults sexually abused as children "” and therefore at high risk for alcohol problems "” carry gene variants that protect them from heavy drinking and its effects, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The researchers, from the university's Midwest Alcoholism Research Center, say the finding could aid the development of...

2010-01-19 19:21:05

2 studies published in 2009 explore consequences of not reporting abuse Half of sexual abuse survivors wait up to five years before disclosing they were victimized, according to a collaborative study from the Universit© de Montr©al, the Universit© du Qu©bec à Montr©al and the Universit© de Sherbrooke published in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. "The number of victims who never reveal their secret or who wait many years to do so is very...

2010-01-14 15:33:00

HIAWATHA, Iowa, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tom Arnold, actor, comedian and television host carried a secret for more than four decades. In 2008, the Ottumwa, Iowa native revealed he had been the victim of childhood sexual abuse. He shared details of his painful past during media interviews for the movie "Gardens of the Night." In the movie, his role was that of a pedophile. Arnold drew on his personal experience for the role and modeled the character after his abuser -- even...

2009-10-14 09:45:00

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- South Carolina teachers are leading the nation to keep kids safe thanks to a public / private initiative to help prevent, recognize and react responsibly to signs of child sexual abuse. By the end of this year, 20,000 S.C. teachers and school employees will complete child sexual abuse prevention training. That's more than 40-percent of the state's 54,000 school staff and sets a national record among U.S. school systems, according to...

2009-10-07 12:46:08

A new study from the University of New Hampshire finds that U.S. children are routinely exposed to even more violence and abuse than has been previously recognized, with nearly half experiencing a physical assault in the study year. "Children experience far more violence, abuse and crime than do adults," said David Finkelhor, director of the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center and the study director. "If life were this dangerous for ordinary grown-ups, we'd never tolerate it." The...

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2009-09-09 14:21:16

A lawyer for Ben Roethlisberger Wednesday rejected a bizarre offer to settle a lawsuit accusing the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback of rape. Attorneys for Andrea McNulty said they would drop the civil suit if Roethlisberger admits he raped her and donates $100,000 to a women's advocacy group. Roethlisberger attorney David Cornwell called it an insult to sexual abuse victims, USA Today reported. Ms. McNulty's contemporaneous statements and conduct prove her allegations are false, he said in a...


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