Many people think that secrecy surrounding child abuse, government or otherwise, creates a system that has done little to prevent harm. Issues of government secrecy are being challenged today before New York State’s Court of Appeals where attorney Michael Lesher is presenting his case to release, under the Freedom of Information Act, files that may shed more light on child abuse in fervently Jewish Orthodox communities. The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University provides a good backgrounder in “Public Secrecy About Child Abuse“.
Tarpon Springs, FL, once known for harboring the nation’s largest sponge-harvesting industry, today boasts a new designation: it may be the first city in the country to declare itself a trauma-informed community.
It isn’t that the 24,000 residents of the scenic Gulf Coast community know more than the rest of us about emergency room techniques, spend their time crunching spreadsheets of violence data, or watch more episodes of “America’s Most Wanted”.
It means that the community has made a commitment to engage people in all walks of life – education, juvenile
The Living Nightmare — Quanitta Underwood: A Contender for Olympic Gold and a Survivor — Barry Bearak’s profile in the New York Times sports section begins ominously and gets worse: “The two sisters shared a bed, and each night, with their hearts hammering, they would listen for the turn of the knob and