By Dr. Michael Pittaro
The findings of a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania uncovered decades of horrendous sexual abuse by hundreds of Catholic priests. To bring the accused priests to trial, statute of limitations laws must be changed.
By Dr. Michael Pittaro
The recent suicide of Chester Bennington draws much-needed attention to the widely overlooked issue of childhood sexual abuse among boys. The lack of awareness and resources available to male victims like Bennington must be addressed. Find out more about the issue and what needs to be done.
By Leischen Stelter
It is estimated that between 1.5 and 2 million older adults are abused every year, however, only 1 in 24 cases are reported. This means that law enforcement is missing or overlooking a lot of cases. Learn more about the signs of elder abuse and how police should investigate suspected cases.
When you hear the term domestic violence, if you are like many people, the image of a battered female with bruises is probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, domestic violence, or intimate partner violence (IPV) as it is now known, goes far beyond this one stereotype. Learn more about how domestic abuse can come in the form of physical and sexual abuse, as well as economic abuse, emotional abuse, and psychological abuse.
Erin Merryn was a victim of child rape and sexual abuse. In an effort to help other child victims, she has dedicated her life to pushing states to adopt Erin's Law, which requires schools to teach age-appropriate curriculum about sexual abuse to students in prekindergarten through fifth-grade. The purpose of this educational effort is to get victims to disclose abuse. Read more from AMU professor Michael Beshears about the progress of this law and why it has stalled in some state legislatures.
As part of our month-long focus on building awareness about sexual assault, AMU professor Michael Pittaro introduces us to Sarah Lovell, who survived and recovered from years of sexual abuse and drug and alcohol addiction. Sarah shares her story so others can understand the damage caused by sexual assault and why this crime needs to be prevented and offenders prosecuted. Read more about Sarah's story and what she's doing to help others.