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How Investigators Can Work With Victim’s of Sexual Trauma

There is a vast array of events that can fall under the definition of trauma. Some are, for the most part, unavoidable such as natural disasters. Trauma experienced after a natural disaster can affect anyone within the scope of the disaster regardless of age or gender. Then there are traumas that happen because of abuse. Like with natural disasters, trauma because of abuse can affect anyone of any age or gender. But these are largely preventable, though not usually by the victim. And then there is sexual trauma. “Sexual violence and aggression are some of the most stressful of all human life experiences” (Shors et...

Women Boycott Twitter

After the whole debacle with Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassment allegations, women took to social media to vent their frustrations, including A-list actresses who revealed allegations of Weinstein's sexual advances. Rose McGowan has been “temporarily suspend from twitter following her comments about the Harvey Weinstein controversy” (Director 2017, n.p.) explains this Good Morning America cover story. Despite Twitter's attempt to rid their site of McGowan, once suspended her message began trending in the form of hashtags: #WomenBoycottTwitter. The hashtag urged women to boycott twitter on Friday October 13th because of its poor method of addressing free speech and abuse. Women expressed their complaints on how the...

Satanic, Occult, Ritualistic Crime: A Law Enforcement Perspective

Children introduced to sexual violence during their developmental years have been found to explain their trauma through monsters and stereotypical villains in order to articulate situations they don't understand. Child sexual abuse can be more difficult to identify than most people believe. The level of proof needed for conviction is higher because the consequences are greater. The societal default for sexual abuse in children is denial.  Most people don’t want to hear about a child being sexually abused and would therefore rather pretend it never happens. This causes a counter-reaction from others who try to fight the willful ignorance of deniers: exaggeration.  Those hoping to bring sexual...

The Abuse of Our Elderly: The Reality

Vulnerability, as it applies to society, is the degree to which a population, individual or organization is unable to anticipate, cope with, resist and recover from the impacts of disasters. Those who are considered to be most vulnerable in society include children, pregnant women, impoverished individuals and the elderly. Yet the elderly are often forgotten when communities try to protect those they perceive to be most vulnerable. When it comes to identifying elder abuse, statistics indicate we are 40 years behind in educating health care professionals, social workers, law enforcement and the public when in comparison to identifying child abuse and domestic violence. There are...

The Rise of Sexual Assault and it’s Outdated Systems of Treatment

Rape. Whether it be the consonance associated with the “R” and “P” sounds or the meaning behind them, rape is often a trigger word filled with explosive connotations. In order to assist rape victims in their recovery through encouraged communication, the emotional baggage that accompanies the word rape--thereby making it an uncomfortable subject--often tells the assaulted to repress their need to share. Unsurprisingly, politics play a large role in the perpetuated silence surrounding rape. Rape cases are regularly dealt with on a state to state basis. Many states contain differing processes and laws regarding rape and/or abusive allegations. Sadly, victims of rape are often disbelieved even...

Beauticians Standing Up Against Domestic Violence

Beauticians are stepping up to help with domestic abuse. In Illinois, an amendment to the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding and Nail Technology Act of 1985--a law that governs the cosmetology industry--is now requiring salon workers to take one hour of training every two years to know the signs of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The training provides  beauticians with knowledge and resources to help their clients. Without this training, cosmetologists, hair stylists, nail technicians and aestheticians will not be able to renew their licenses. Though the law does not require salon workers to act on their suspicions, it equips them to recognize the...

What We Teach Our Daughters   

“You’re going to need this.” I remember my mother’s words clearly as she handed me a small makeup pouch. She was smiling, encouraging me to take it from her. I reluctantly took the pouch and stuck it inside of my backpack for the next day at school. At thirteen years old, my period had finally arrived. Over the years I continued the habit of carrying my feminine products around in inconspicuous bags. “That way,” my mother had explained, “you won’t have to make a scene if you need to go to the bathroom.” A scene. Despite my mother’s good intentions, she had set me on an educational...