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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?

Maine elders are victims of abuse, too. Here are 5 ways you can help

It’s hard to miss headlines about Maine’s aging population and what it means for the future of our state. What we don’t hear about as often is the domestic and sexual violence that many of Maine’s older residents experience. The research is difficult to come by because, whereas elder abuse is already significantly underreported, domestic […]

‘But what if they’re lying?’ How Maine serves rape victims in jail

“But what if they’re lying? Aren’t you ever worried about that? What if they’re just trying to get attention?” As Maine’s sexual assault support centers are increasingly serving incarcerated survivors in the state’s correctional facilities, several people have asked me these questions. By and large, however, I know that incarcerated survivors are telling the truth. […]

From Machias: ‘Please don’t shout, Daddy’ and other bold statements against abuse

As part of their senior project, University of Maine at Machias students Michelle Grant and Jordyn Knowles launched a local Clothesline Project. It’s a national program that aims to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence. The seniors held T-shirt making workshops and a domestic violence awareness walk April 12. At the end of the […]

The abuse follows her everywhere, and it’s legal: One woman’s story of revenge porn

The following is a true story. However, some identifying details have been changed to ensure the safety of the story’s subject.  Beth smiles and shakes my hand confidently when we meet. There is a reserve about her, though, a hesitation in the way she first approaches me, that I understand once she begins sharing her story. […]

A domestic violence survivor explains why she didn’t leave

“Why did you stay?” It’s a question that often feels like blame to victims of domestic violence. You might as well be asking, “What’s wrong with you?” What’s wrong is that quite often the perpetrator has set a trap. Understanding why a victim stays in an abusive relationship is lesson No. 1 for understanding the dynamics of domestic violence. […]

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