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It's not groping or fondling – it is sexual assault

By Laura Bates Using euphemistic language downplays the severity of an offence and enforces a dangerous message: it isn’t a big deal, and victims won’t be taken seriously Numerous high-profile cases of sexual violence and abuse have have been exposed in recent years, with the same words cropping up again and again: “groping”, “fondling”, “inappropriate touching”. What each of these terms usually means is sexual assault. But both in casual conversation and in the press, we will go to almost any lengths to avoid saying it.

Former MSU President Charged with Lying to Police in Sex Abuse Scandal

A former university official who is alleged to help conceal a massive sexual abuse scandal has been formally charged for her role in the cover-up. Such charges are necessary to ensure accountability for crimes that have occurred and prevention of similar crimes in the future.

Deceased SD bishop accused of abuse; Church officials must do more

A now-deceased Rapid City bishop has been accused of molesting a Minnesota child, Catholic officials recently acknowledged. 

Belleville bishop challenged on abuse

Belleville bishop challenged on abuse “Sexually violent predator” worked in diocese Few knew of his time in southern IL until recently Two more accused abusers missing from church site Catholic officials should hire outside firm to look through its files This recommendation just made by church’s top abuse lay leader

SNAP calls for the USCCB to end lobbying against statutes of limitations reform, urge independent investigations, and hold Bishops accountable

Survivors of clergy abuse demand accountability as US Bishops gather in Baltimore Nearly one third of active Bishops have mishandled abuse allegations, report shows “Bishops must be made to answer for their role in this crisis,” SNAP says SNAP says bishops should stop lobbying against statutes of limitations reform and should actively invite independent investigations

Survivors and supporters hold vigil to shine a light on the abuse crisis

Survivors and supporters hold vigil to shine a light on the abuse crisis Group says Bishops should include survivors and laity in their discussions SNAP says Cardinal DiNardo unfit to head USCCB

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Stop Child Sexual Abuse

If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately. 

If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.

Child pornography is a federal crime. If you see or suspect images that may be child pornography, report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Line

 

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