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Youth Suicide Prevention

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, held each year on September 10 to promote greater awareness of suicide and methods of preventing it. How many are affected? In 2019, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States. Among children and adolescents aged 13-19, suicide is the second leading cause of […]

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Campus Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a pervasive issue on college campuses. About 13% of all students in the United States have experienced some form of sexual assault during their enrollment.                     What is sexual violence? As explained in STM Learning’s Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, Second […]

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Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships

Despite what some may think, intimate partner violence doesn’t necessarily equate to only physical abuse. Types of psychological maltreatment, such as coercive control, can be just as damaging for victims, leaving them fearful of and reliant on their abuser.  The Coercive Control Collective (CCC) defines coercive control as “a pattern of controlling behaviors over time […]

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The Risk of Weapons in Domestic Violence Scenarios

On average, more than 10 million people in the United States experience some form of intimate partner violence (IPV) each year.1 IPV, also commonly referred to as domestic violence, is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological abuse perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. This term can also encompass the stalking […]

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Understanding Child Sexual Exploitation

Introducing Child Exploitation Simply put, exploitation is the unfair use of something or someone for one’s own advantage or benefit. Worldwide, there are 40+ million victims of all ages—and from a variety of backgrounds—who experience exploitation in some form. One in 4 victims of exploitation are children. In these cases, the term child exploitation is […]

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Evidence Collection in Sexual Assault Cases

Roughly every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. While some of these victims may choose not to disclose their assault, those that report typically undergo a forensic examination, during which they are assessed for injuries and any evidence that could be used to identify the perpetrator.  In the aftermath of a […]

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Abuse Risks for Children with Disabilities

About 15% of the world’s population (measuring those aged 15 years or older) live with some form of disability. Around 95 million children under the age of 14 are estimated to have a disability.  Due to a number of factors, children with disabilities may be more vulnerable to maltreatment, including medical neglect and sexual violence. According […]

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Debunking Myths about Child Abuse

Stories of child abuse often appear in the news, each one as disturbing and heartbreaking as the next. Through these reports, along with the portrayal of abusive scenarios in other forms of media, many people may have certain assumptions regarding the circumstances in which abuse tends to occur.  However, these depictions of abuse are not […]

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Signs of Abuse for Mandated Reporters

Mandated reporters often interact with children at places like daycare, school, health care facilities, and activity centers, where their role is pivotal in protecting children from abuse. However, when mandated reporters are unable to distinguish which type of abuse is occurring – or whether the abuse is happening at all – taking the necessary and […]

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Identifying Psychological Abuse in Children

What is Psychological Abuse? In the context of child abuse, psychological abuse is a pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth. Also referred to as emotional abuse, this can include neglectful treatment and hostile behavior toward the child. This type of maltreatment can have a massive impact on children. […]

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