We cannot allow the media to romanticize and downplay child sexual assault. This is not a love story. This is a horrifying story of abuse.
When we frame sexual abuse as a “sexual relationship” or call a male survivor of sexual abuse “lucky”, we harm survivors of any gender.
MaleSurvivor Executive Director Christopher Anderson addresses Betsy Karasik’s Washington Post OpEd suggesting sex with underage teens should be legal.
The piece ignores one of the primary reasons why sex between an adult teacher and an underage student is a crime — the tremendous power gulf between the two parties.
Joanna Schroeder and Hugo Schwyzer react to a moving Salon article where a woman finally realizes she isn’t responsible for being taken advantage of by a 20 year-old man, when she was only 12.
Danny explains the necessity of taking the sexual assault of a 12 year-old boy seriously, and reacts with anger at tweets shaming the young victim for resisting the advances of an older woman.
Jarune Uwujaren asks us to pause a moment and reflect up on 7 forms of abuse that are often laughed about, dismissed or simply ignored.
An assistant DA said, “None of the statements made in this case would be admissible without the victim,” and now that they are married he can’t be compelled to testify.
We are quick to judge celebrities, politicians, and public figures based on gossip. We are quick to convict based on a few paragraphs we read online or in the paper. Meanwhile, their life is destroyed.
Jeff Cohen defies you to find him a comic figure in the movies today who you’d be proud to share with your young son.