By Rush L. Russel; The Times
Regarding continuing stories about Harvey Weinstein and victims of sexual abuse:
It’s inspiring to see the many courageous stories from women disclosing incidents of sexual abuse by men in power positions in Hollywood, in sports and in politics. We hope leaders and the media will devote increasing attention to what it will take to stop this from happening.
Youth-serving organizations, including sports organizations and schools, can adopt codes of conduct to prohibit “boundary-violating” behaviors that offenders use to groom potential victims. Co-workers can be educated to watch for and report inappropriate behavior. Schools should be prohibited from signing “nondisclosure” agreements when terminating an employee for sexual misconduct. Parents and co-workers can be educated about sexual-abuse prevention and take simple steps to be more vigilant.
We need to shift the conversations from past crimes to smarter policies and solutions. Everyone can play a role.
By Rush L. Russell; The Star Ledgar
A major investigation published by the Indianapolis Star recently uncovered pervasive failings by USA Gymnastics to report cases of child sexual abuse by coaches.
The story repeats many of the same elements as the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State in 2011. In each case, it appears the institutions were more interested in protecting their reputations than reporting horrific crimes happening in clear view on their watch.
How many times does this have to happen before we take stronger action? What needs to happen to stop it now?
By Rush L. Russell, Daily Record
We have now experienced two party political conventions and are headed into the final stretch before the presidential election in November. Major issues dominating the race include terrorism, the economy and jobs, health care, race relations, crime and law enforcement, immigration, and international relations.
It may not be unusual for a presidential campaign, but rarely, if ever, will you hear a word spoken about our children and what can be done to create stronger, healthier, and successful families and a more competitive workforce for our future.
By Pamela MacKenzie, Courier News
It’s almost April, time to make some purple baby hats for the third year, I’m inviting readers to make purple baby hats for Click for Babies.
For the third year, I’m inviting readers to make purple baby hats for the Click for Babies campaign. This is a project started by the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome, which partners in the Garden State with Prevent Child Abuse NJ to distribute educational packets to the parents of newborns about the dangers of shaking their infants. A hand-made purple baby hat is included with every packet.
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