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How My Mom Learned to Love Her Son

»Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in News & Postings | 0 comments

How My Mom Learned to Love Her Son The New York Times Opinion January 28, 2017 By Tennessee Jones   My mother has dozens of family pictures in her hallway, but not a single one of me. She keeps recent photos clustered in the spare room where I sleep when I visit. I turn them facedown when I’m there. It took my mother two years to be able to look at me without crying after I transitioned. This was in 2004, and I had little hope that the world at large would ever regard me as a full human being. The first time she picked me up from the tiny regional airport she didn’t recognize me, and when she did looked away with the tears brimming at her lashes. It was her new husband — a retired Air Force man, a “good old boy” in the local vernacular — who had...

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Claims of Child Sexual Abuse in English Soccer Grow

»Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in News & Postings | 0 comments

Claims of Child Sexual Abuse in English Soccer Grow The New York Times December 1, 2016 By Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura     LONDON — At least 350 people have come forward to report abuse at the hands of youth soccer coaches in Britain over the past two weeks, the police said Thursday, deepening a child sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed English soccer. The scandal emerged last month after at least six former professional players publicly said they had been molested as boys in youth programs. The head of the English soccer players’ union last week said at least 20 more former players had come forward, many of them privately. The National Police Chiefs’ Council on Thursday said police forces had received a “significant” amount of calls since...

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There Is No Such Thing as ‘Nonconsensual Sex.’ It’s Violence.

»Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in News & Postings | 0 comments

There Is No Such Thing as “Nonconsensual Sex.” It’s Violence. The New York Times The Opinion Pages, The Stone By Kelly Oliver November 21, 2016   Well before the election of Donald J. Trump, the mainstreaming of misogyny during his campaign caused justified outrage and fear. Now, with the alarming reality of his coming presidency and his choices for a number of cabinet posts, that fear has been multiplied among the nation’s vulnerable, and those who stand to defend their most basic rights. Of course the problem of misogyny and violence against women existed long before this election cycle. But the immediate danger that comes with raising an unrepentant misogynist to the nation’s highest office is emboldenment; the implicit condoning of...

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My daughter was born a boy. Here’s why we’re just like any other Maine family.

»Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in News & Postings | 0 comments

My daughter was born a boy. Here’s why we’re just like any other Maine family. The Bangor Daily News September 29, 2016 By Emily Wedick, Special to the BDN   My husband and I have two daughters, 3 and 5 years old. The girls are in constant motion, jumping on the trampoline, turning the couch into a playground or racing their baby doll strollers from one end of the house to the other. Glittery hair accessories litter the hallway between their rooms. They love to paint and swim and play soccer and sing songs from the movie “Frozen.” Our oldest, Violet, has a great belly laugh and a quick wit. When she grows up, she wants to be a marine biologist and a rock star. She loves magic tricks and twirly dresses and princesses and superheroes. She...

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Rape reports increase by almost 5%

»Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in News & Postings | 0 comments

        September 26, 2016                                          RAPE REPORTS INCREASE BY ALMOST 5%   The annual Crime in Maine numbers were released on Monday, in which officials noted a 4.8% increase in rape reports to law enforcement from 2014 to 2015. There were 373 rape reports to law enforcement in 2014; reports increased to 390 in 2015. Experts in sexual violence prevention and response note, however, that despite the increase, the underlying prevalence is still greater. “Rape is the most underreported violent crime in the United States,” said Cara Courchesne, Communications Director at the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA). “Reports to law enforcement are merely...

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Maine police know sex trafficking is here, yet many still fail to fight it

»Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in News & Postings | 0 comments

  Maine police know sex trafficking is here, yet many still fail to fight it The Bangor Daily News Maine Focus By Danielle McLean, BDN staff September 8, 2016   Last December, a 14-year-old Maine girl stood before a judge and faced the woman who sold her for sex to numerous men. She described the agony she had endured. Was life not worth living? she asked. She didn’t talk about being repeatedly raped by strangers in Bangor and Boston hotels. With the words of someone far older, she shared how it changed the way she saw herself, stole her sense of self-respect and self-love, and made her feel less than human. She talked about how she wanted to preserve her sanity to make sure what she’d been through wouldn’t happen to others. “It doesn’t matter...

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