News | Topic: Sexual Abuse

Posters Promising ‘Jobs’ Used To Lure Teens Into Human Trafficking

A St. Louis group that shelters homeless and at-risk teens is warning the public about a new human trafficking recruitment tool appearing in the city. Read the article here.

Same-Sex Attraction And Me

Tammy Perlmutter shares her experience in this blog post from Harvest USA. Read it here.

Teens Invent ‘Smart Straw’ To Combat Date Rape

Three teenagers have developed a “Smart Straw,” which detects common date rape drugs in drinks. Read the article here.

Sex Abuse Linked to Early Puberty

Numerous studies have linked maltreatment to negative psychological developments in kids, but the latest research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, reveals that abuse may also affect physical growth and sexual development.

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Teens Who Have Casual Sex ‘Are More Likely To Sexually Harass Others’

At least half of middle and high schoolers have experienced some form of harassment. Read the article here.

Abuse Among Dating Teens Is Tough To Detect, Adults Warned

Teenage abuse and assault victims tend to be less likely than adults to ask for help, said Annette Scott, director of advocacy at S.A.F.E House in Henderson. Read the article here.

What You Need to Know About the ‘Red Zone,’ When Campus Sexual Assaults Spike

The “red zone” is a period from the beginning of fall semester to about Thanksgiving break when sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses seem to spike. Although every student, regardless of age or gender, is at risk, freshman females are the most vulnerable.

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A Hostile System? How Colleges are Responding to Campus Sexual Assaults

As college students cope with concerns about grades and fitting in, they are also confronting one of the most painful issues playing out on their campuses every day — sexual assault.

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Some Poor U.S. Teens Trade Sex For Food Because They’re So Desperate For A Meal

A new report on U.S. teens who don’t get enough to eat finds that, in the most extreme cases, youths may engage in sex with older, wealthy adults in exchange for food.

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Nudity and Social Media Harm Girls

Celebrities routinely appear in compromising and salacious photos, and the tabloid press rewards them with adoring attention. Read the article here.

Online Pornography Warping Adolescent Brains

Addiction, unhealthy relationships and rising levels of sexual abuse in youth is the reality of easy access to pornographic material. Read the full article here.

Rape Culture and Hookup Culture Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

The ideology of the hookup culture sets everyone up to be a victim by luring students into the vast expanse of sexual gray area, then telling them it’s black and white.

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Websites Connect College Students With ‘Sugar Daddies’ Willing To Pay The Bills

Some students say it allows them to get education without the crushing debt, critics say the arrangements smack of prostitution and could be unsafe, others argue that it takes advantage of women in vulnerable situations.

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Drink Spiking a Problem on U.S. Campuses

Drink spiking may be prevalent on U.S. college campuses, and women are at much greater risk than men, new research finds.

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Teen Girl Filmed Having Sex With Up to 2 Dozen Boys in Florida School Bathroom, Prompting Investigation

A group of teenagers who had sex in a high school bathroom in Fort Myers, Florida, then posted a video of the act on social media, have been disciplined, school officials said.

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What Victims Of Sexual Abuse Need to Hear From Christians

Dan Allender, in an article for Relevant Magazine explains that “the harm of sexual abuse was done in relationship, and it is only through relationship that victims regain the vision to live in freedom.” Read the full article here.

Teenager Accused of Using App to Livestream Her Friend Being Raped

An Ohio teenager has been accused of livestreaming the alleged rape of her 17-year-old friend using the social media app Periscope. Read the article here.

Snapchat Account Provides Free Counseling For Teens in Abusive Relationships

Snapchat, the photo-message app that has quickly become mainstream not only for teens but big brands as well, now features an account created to help teens in abusive relationships. Because Snapchat offers a social platform with a lot of privacy, it’s an avenue for teens to receive counseling without their significant others being able to look at their social profiles.

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Virginia Looks To Bar 12-Year-Olds From Marrying

Although laws in Virginia state the minimum age to wed is 16, the fine print reveals a more disturbing picture: Much younger kids may be able to marry with parental permission and if the girl is pregnant, leading to extreme cases in which youngsters not even in their teens have been granted marriage licenses. Read the article here.

Sexual Violence Isn’t Just A College Problem. It Happens In K-12 Schools, Too.

Sexual assault has become a dominant topic on the nation’s college campuses in recent years, but it has largely remained a hidden issue in elementary, middle and high schools, where parents assume their children are supervised and safe.

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