With the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality and Caitlyn Jenner’s iconic Vanity Fair cover, issues faced by the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community dominated headlines this summer. As we celebrate these victories and the headlines fade, activists continue to rightfully point out the work that remains. We know that […]
Five reasons to participate.
In documents that were made public yesterday, we learned that in a sworn deposition, Bill Cosby admitted he planned to give prescription Quaaludes to women he wanted to have “sex” with. Rape sounds so harsh, doesn’t it? Even the term sexual assault can seem a bit severe. As a result, several media outlets regularly sanitize sexual […]
We know it happens. The world is becoming more and more accepting of LGBTQ relationships. As we become more understanding and more open, we must also keep in mind a dark reality: the reality that some LGBTQ relationships are abusive. In some ways, domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships is much the same as it is […]
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 […]
News reports, blog posts, TV interviews, social media posts and more have covered recent reports of Josh Duggar, oldest of the Duggars to appear in their reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting,” admitting that as a juvenile he repeatedly sexually abused his sisters. When high profile cases like these surface and more people become […]
Each year in Maine, domestic violence accounts for approximately half of the state’s homicides. Every 1 hour and 35 minutes, a domestic violence assault is reported to Maine law enforcement — and many other assaults go unreported. With statistics like these, it can be easy to become discouraged about the prospect of never ending abuse […]
For older adults, if their mental capacity changes, it may be difficult to determine intimacy versus assault/exploitation.
Can U.S. economic growth continue forever? The economist Robert J. Gordon doubts that the country is innovating at a rate that will match the last 250 years. Even if Americans continue innovating at the same rate of the two decades prior to 2007, the country will still face six specific challenges that will drag down […]
“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. […]