April 17, 2009

This week in the news

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events at 9:22 pm by sacetalks

This week has been pretty busy with sexual assault news.  In addition to the blow-up over Observe and Report, there has been a significant number of local media reports on sexual violence.  Here are a few:

In reading these articles, I couldn’t help but notice that many have give great detail on the stranger sexual assaults: what happened, how the survivor tried to resist, etc.  Little detail, however, is given on what happened in the acqaintance sexual assaults.  Given that 86% of survivors know their offenders, I find this a bit puzzling, paricularly in the case about the teacher who plead guilty to child sexual assault.  The article implies the teacher “only touched” his students.  My knowledge from being in the field tells me he did much more than that to even be prosecuted, yet most who read the article will think the girls who lodged the complaint (such a weak word for sexual assault) simply overreacted to an affectionate teacher.  Sigh.


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