Last week, Maine Focus published a piece describing how a vast majority of domestic violence offenders convicted in Maine courts are not ordered to attend a batterers’ intervention program as part of their probation. Instead, most batterers are required to complete psychological counseling and anger management, despite broad consensus by experts and state agencies that […]
MaineFocus on Sexual Violence: This year, we will examine child victims, whose lives are forever altered and the crime against them is often unrecognized, misunderstood or ignored. We’ll also examine programs that treat sex offenders, many of whom were victimized themselves as children. What can Maine do help kids and break this cycle?
MaineFocus on Domestic Violence: We will turn our attention to rehabilitation of domestic violence offenders in Maine. From the Maine State Prison to small anti-violence nonprofits, offenders are given the chance to change. The question: Will they?
After 19 years running an educational program in Bangor for men who are abusive to their partners, Kathryn Maietta has seen many changes in how the community responds to incidents of domestic violence. But one important aspect has not changed: A vast majority of domestic violence offenders convicted in Maine courts are not ordered to attend […]
Domestic violence resource agencies in Maine would not exist in their current forms today without the time donated by volunteers.
Recently a story about a University of Virginia student named Jackie and the brutal gang rape she suffered was published in Rolling Stone Magazine. Today, Rolling Stone issued a statement saying it was sorry that it mislead readers and that “there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion […]
Every now and then, a piece about sexting is shared across my social media feeds. Questions abound: “Agh! Why do teens sext?! Don’t they know better?!” and “Why do girls think it’s okay to send these photos?!” Then of course: “Pictures last forever on the internet! Once you send something, it’s out there!” The young […]
A few weeks ago, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that compels California universities to use an “affirmative consent” standard when investigating campus sexual assaults. As Amanda Hess from Slate explains, This means that during an investigation of an alleged sexual assault, university disciplinary committees will have to ask if the sexual encounter […]
A friend of mine recently asked me what I thought of the woman from Columbia University whose senior art project is to carry around a mattress until the student who raped her is removed from campus. A few thoughts came to mind. First, I thought, “Yes. You go, woman.” Then, I was disappointed that someone […]
Reports of sexual assault have increased at the University of Maine in Orono: There were fewer than 10 per year until 2013 when there were more than 30. That’s probably a good thing; universities should want more people coming forward to seek help. But what about the response to those disclosures? Did the students want […]
Last week, I attended the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. During several interesting sessions about child sexual abuse and conversations with colleagues from around the country, I again was thinking about how to respond to the inevitable question of, “But what can I do to help prevent and respond to child sexual […]
It’s not in the way you dance, the way you dress, or the way you act – you’re never asking to be sexually assaulted. That’s the message of Project Not Asking For It, which is meant to counteract our typical cultural response to sexual violence victims. The project is a grassroots effort which asks students […]