CRIME: Sexual

  • The United States Dept. of Justice has reported a "disturbing trend showing increases, and in some instances significant increases, in all types of child sexual exploitation, including: (1) child pornography; (2) online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) commercial sexual exploitation of children; and (4) child sex tourism.
"The Department of Justice is committed to the safety and well-being of our children and has placed a high priority on protecting and combating sexual exploitation of minors.

"Congress passed the "PROTECT Our Children Act" (Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act) of 2008.  As mandated by the Act, in February 2010, the Department...completed a year long and first of its kind threat assessment of the magnitude of child exploitation.

"On August 2, 2010, the Department submitted The National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction to Congress.  In this National Strategy the Department acknowledges that "despite efforts to date, the threat of child sexual exploitation remains very real, whether it takes place in the home, on the street, over the Internet, or in a foreign land."  The National Strategy lays out a comprehensive plan both to prevent and interdict in the sexual exploitation of children. 

"The success of the National Strategy depends on a team effort among our local, tribal, state and federal law enforcement partners, on the awareness, dedication and determination of concerned citizens, community organizations, parents, educators, and civil organizations."    (The United States Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood, http://www.justice.gov/psc/about.html)
Statistics
  • More than 800 Americans are sexually assaulted every day.  That is 1 sexual assault every 98 seconds.  This is one of America's most under-reported crimes.   (source:  Coping with Assault, CBS News, November 22, 2017)  

    NOTE: This figure does not include sexual assaults on children.  Over 58,000 children were sexually assaulted in 2014.  (source:  U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)
What You Can Do
  • "Sexual abuse or sexual harassment is a shattering experience.  It cripples women's confidence.  It cripples their ability to succeed.  Sexual harassment is systematic and pervasive." 

    Regarding Charlie Rose's suspension as a CBS This Morning co-anchor, for his sexual misbehavior, Norah O'Donnell continued,
    "This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand on the safety of women.  Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior.  There is no excuse for this alleged behavior.  This I know is true - women cannot achieve equality in work or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility.  This has to end!  This behavior is wrong.  Period."   

    Women are hurt and damaged by this.  Women and girls who have been afraid to speak up for fear of losing their job, etc., can speak up and stand up for themselves.  Spokane has many resources (posted on this website) to help anyone who is being abused.  Speaking up will help you process the abuse, so it doesn't define you. 

    "Men need to come to the table, with women, so that both genders can have this conversation."  Men now know there are consequences for this behavior. 

    All people are now feeling more empowered to respond to charges of sexual harassment.  There are consequences for this behavior.  Yvette Vega, executive producer of the Charlie Rose show, regrets concealing allegations she received of sexual misconduct against Charlie Rose, saying that she "should have stood up for them....I failed.  It is crushing.  I deeply regret not helping them."   (source:  #MeTooMovement, Charlie Rose's suspension, by Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King, CBS This Morning, November 21, 2017)

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