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Reading Dyan Elliott’s The Corrupter of Boys: Sodomy, Scandal, and the Medieval Clergy (U. of Pennsylvania 2020)

By Leslie C. Griffin

You might be reluctant to read this new book. It is very scholarly, written by Professor Elliott, an eloquent professor of medieval history. Its title—The Corrupter of Boys—might scare you away from reading a book whose name suggests something terrible. But its dedication, “to all those, living or dead, who have suffered sexual abuse,” gives you reason to read it.

As a law professor who works with CHILD USA to combat child abuse, I found in the book many historical insights that confirm the modern work we have undertaken. We want to hold religious institutions responsible for their abuse of children as well as expose the abusers’ supervisors’ determined efforts to hide that abuse no matter the cost to the survivors and to the public.

CHILD USA's Weekly Legislation Update

Recent highlights in legislation for children include Pennsylvania HB1984 and Hawaii HB2425!

 

Thanks to a brave child victim – who was herself a victim of incest – coming forward with her attorney and lobbying to reform the law, Pennsylvania passed HB1984 (Benninghoff) into law and closed this archaic loophole in the state’s Adoption Act.

 

Hawaii recently adopted HB2425 to add “coercive control” language into their statute, amending the definition of “domestic abuse” under Hawaii’s insurance laws and laws relating to domestic abuse protective orders to include coercive control between family or household members.

CHILD USA is launching its #End1in5End1in13 Campaign

The best research now shows that in North America, at least one in five girls and one in thirteen boys are sexually abused before they turn 18. 

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by December 31, 2020 to continue our mission to end child abuse and neglect.  Your donation of any size will help us reach this goal!

To learn more about this campaign click HERE

CHILD USA is launching its #End1in5End1in13 Campaign

The best research now shows that in North America, at least one in five girls and one in thirteen boys are sexually abused before they turn 18.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by December 31, 2020 to continue our mission to end child abuse and neglect.  Your donation of any size will help us reach this goal!

To learn more about this campaign click HERE

Did you miss CHILD USA’s 4th Annual Awards Ceremony?

Well, we recorded it!  Find out about all the work CHILD USA has done this year and listen to McKenna Gray’s song written just for us!

Did you miss CHILD USA’s 4th Annual Awards Ceremony?

Well, we recorded it!  Find out about all the work CHILD USA has done this year and listen to McKenna Gray’s song written just for us!

Check Out CHILD USA’s Child Sex Abuse Portal – it’s the only resource of its kind!

CHILD USA’s portal is a curated list of books (both fiction and nonfiction), documentaries, videos, articles, and online resources. Whether you are a survivor of child sex abuse, a family member, or someone who works with children like a coach, a teacher, or clergy, this is a place where we hope that you can browse, learn, and relax in peace.
Instead of randomly googling for information, we have done the research to find materials that are respected, illuminating, and informative.
Join as an individual for just $50 a year.  Use the code “THANKFUL” over Thanksgiving weekend for a free trial!
Firm and organizational sponsorships are also available by clicking HERE

Check Out CHILD USA’s Child Sex Abuse Portal – it’s the only resource of its kind!

CHILD USA’s portal is a curated list of books (both fiction and nonfiction), documentaries, videos, articles, and online resources. Whether you are a survivor of child sex abuse, a family member, or someone who works with children like a coach, a teacher, or clergy, this is a place where we hope that you can browse, learn, and relax in peace.
Instead of randomly googling for information, we have done the research to find materials that are respected, illuminating, and informative.
Join as an individual for just $50 a year.  Use the code “THANKFUL” over Thanksgiving weekend for a free trial!
Firm and organizational sponsorships are also available by clicking HERE

CHILD USA is asking What About the Children during COVID-19.  The conversation about COVID-19 has left out an important and vulnerable group, children.  CHILD USA is working to bring awareness to the heightened risk of children who are isolated at home in dangerous circumstances and have lost the safety nets their daily lives normally provide.  Visit our WATCH page to see how CHILD USA is helping parents, teachers, child protection workers, and policy makers address the pandemic’s unintended consequences.

CHILD USA is asking What About the Children during COVID-19.  The conversation about COVID-19 has left out an important and vulnerable group, children.  CHILD USA is working to bring awareness to the heightened risk of children who are isolated at home in dangerous circumstances and have lost the safety nets their daily lives normally provide.  Visit our WATCH page to see how CHILD USA is helping parents, teachers, child protection workers, and policy makers address the pandemic’s unintended consequences.

CHILD USA is the leading national nonprofit think tank working to end child abuse and neglect in the United States.

CHILD USA engages in high-level legal, social science, and medical research and analysis to derive the best public policies to end child abuse and neglect in America. CHILD USA produces evidence-based solutions and information needed by policymakers, organizations, media, and society as a whole to increase child protection and the common good. Since its inception, CHILD USA has made great achievements in ending child abuse and neglect in America!

There have been successful national and global efforts on SOL (Statute of Limitation) Reform with CEO Marci Hamilton leading the way.  States across the country have been eliminating their criminal and civil Statutes of Limitation and opening windows to justice for victims from the past.  Just in 2019, we had eight states, including New York and New Jersey, open retroactive windows to allow survivors whose statutes have expired to file claims against their abusers and the institutions that enabled them.  Check out the latest updates on our SOL page www.childusa.org/sol

 

CHILD USA IN THE NEWS

 

New York Catholic Diocese Declares Bankruptcy, While Reforms Considered Inadequate

ERIC CHAFFIN | NOVEMBER 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trove of Buffalo Diocese abuse records turned over to victims in bankruptcy court

JAY TOCASZ | JANUARY 10, 2021

 

 

 

Philly child abuse advocacy group to survey Larry Nassar victims

 

 

As deadline nears, adults flood Arizona courts with lawsuits alleging childhood sex abuse

 

New York Catholic Diocese Declares Bankruptcy, While Reforms Considered Inadequate

ERIC CHAFFIN | NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Trove of Buffalo Diocese abuse records turned over to victims in bankruptcy court

JAY TOKASZ | JANUARY 10, 2021

Philly child abuse advocacy group to survey Larry Nassar victims

MARK ABRAMS | JANUARY 6, 2021

 

As deadline nears, adults flood Arizona courts with lawsuits alleging childhood sex abuse

 

CURRENT INITIATIVES

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS REFORM

There are two paths to justice for children who have been sexually abused: criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits.  Historically, the vast majority of child sex abuse victims have been unable to  prosecute or file civil lawsuits because they missed the arbitrary procedural deadline—the statute of limitations (“SOLs”)—for their claims.  CHILD USA leads the movement to end this injustice that also harms the public good by keeping victims from naming their predators and the institutions that enabled them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF ATHLETES: THE GAME OVER COMMISSION

Like other arenas where children can be isolated and manipulated by predatory adults, youth sports programs present steep challenges to the protection of children. Sports programs, at all levels, are a critically important frontier in the investigations into child sexual abuse and one of the least studied.   CHILD USA is leading the way with its Game Over Commission and social science studies aimed at athletes. 

AMICUS ADVOCACY

Through the Amicus Advocacy Project, CHILD USA submits amicus briefs in important cases involving child abuse, neglect, and the family courts in courts across the country–both state and federal–including the United States Supreme Court.  Those briefs are available here as is contact information for needed briefs.

 

 

 

 

FAMILY COURT REFORM

Child sexual abuse perpetrated within families is one of the most insidious and under-prosecuted crimes, and the legal system often fails to adequately protect a child from an abusive parent.  CHILD USA is dedicated to reform of the family court system to ensure child protection.

MEDICAL NEGLECT AND VACCINE AVOIDANCE

Most states have laws giving religious exemptions to testing and screening of children.  Federal law requires doctors treating children on Medicaid or CHIP to perform several tests and screening on the children, yet federal law also allows states to offer religious exemptions.  CHILD USA’s research into these religious exemptions laws reveals the exigency for policy that protects the health and safety of children

 

 

CONVERSION THERAPY

CHILD USA is studying the health and welfare effects on those who have been subjected to so-called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy,” which is intended to “fix” their sexual orientation.  As with every other initiative, CHILD USA is pairing legal and social science research and analysis to determine what is in the best interest of children and the public good.

This approach has been uniformly rejected by every leading medical organization.

 

 

 

 

CHILD MARRIAGE

Child marriage happens more than you think.  Girls are at risk of sex abuse in far too many cultures, including the United States.  In 36, or 2/3, of the states, the age of marriage for minors with parental consent is 16, which is very young for marriage.  In some states, though, the minimum is even younger with judicial and parental consent. CHILD USA is studying child marriage as part of its overall agenda to fight child sex abuse and girls’ challenges to fulfilling their potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILY COURT REFORM

Child sexual abuse perpetrated within families is one of the most insidious and under-prosecuted crimes, and the legal system often fails to adequately protect a child from an abusive parent.  CHILD USA is dedicated to reform of the family court system to ensure child protection.

MEDICAL NEGLECT AND VACCINE AVOIDANCE

Many states and the federal government have laws granting religious exemptions to medical testing and screening of children as well as vaccination.  The result is the deaths and unnecessary illness of children. Building on the work of pioneer in the field, Rita Swan, Ph.D., CHILD USA fights to ensure that all children receive adequate medical care.  

 

ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF ATHLETES: THE GAME OVER COMMISSION

Like other arenas where children can be isolated and manipulated by predatory adults, youth sports programs present steep challenges to the protection of children. Sports programs, at all levels, are a critically important frontier in the investigations into child sexual abuse and one of the least studied.   CHILD USA is leading the way with its Game Over Commission and social science studies aimed at athletes. 

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS REFORM

There are two paths to justice for children who have been sexually abused: criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits.  Historically, the vast majority of child sex abuse victims have been unable to  prosecute or file civil lawsuits because they missed the arbitrary procedural deadline—the statute of limitations (“SOLs”)—for their claims.  CHILD USA leads the movement to end this injustice that also harms the public good by keeping victims from naming their predators and the institutions that enabled them.

AMICUS ADVOCACY

Through the Amicus Advocacy Project, CHILD USA submits amicus briefs in important cases involving child abuse, neglect, and the family courts in courts across the country--both state and federal--including the United States Supreme Court.  Those briefs are available here as is contact information for needed briefs.

 

 

 

 

CONVERSION THERAPY

CHILD USA is studying the health and welfare effects on those who have been subjected to so-called “conversion therapy” or “repaative therapy,” which is intended to “fix” their sexual orientation.  As with every other initiative, CHILD USA is pairing legal and social science research and analysis to determine what is in the best interest of children and the public good.

This approach has been uniformly rejected by every leading medical organization.

 

CHILD MARRIAGE

Child marriage happens more than you think.  Girls are at risk of sex abuse in far too many cultures, including the United States.  In 36, or 2/3, of the states, the age of marriage for minors with parental consent is 16, which is very young for marriage.  In some states, though, the minimum is even younger with judicial and parental consent. CHILD USA is studying child marriage as part of its overall agenda to fight child sex abuse and girls’ challenges to fulfilling their potential.

 

WEEKLY BLOG (& Other Things to Read)

Reading Dyan Elliott’s The Corrupter of Boys: Sodomy, Scandal, and the Medieval Clergy (U. of Pennsylvania 2020)

By Leslie C. Griffin

You might be reluctant to read this new book. It is very scholarly, written by Professor Elliott, an eloquent professor of medieval history. Its title—The Corrupter of Boys—might scare you away from reading a book whose name suggests something terrible. But its dedication, “to all those, living or dead, who have suffered sexual abuse,” gives you reason to read it.

As a law professor who works with CHILD USA to combat child abuse, I found in the book many historical insights that confirm the modern work we have undertaken. We want to hold religious institutions responsible for their abuse of children as well as expose the abusers’ supervisors’ determined efforts to hide that abuse no matter the cost to the survivors and to the public.

December 28, 2020 

WEEKLY BLOG (& Other Things to Read)

Reading Dyan Elliott’s The Corrupter of Boys: Sodomy, Scandal, and the Medieval Clergy (U. Of Pennsylvania 2020)

By Leslie C. Griffin

 You might be reluctant to read this new book. It is very scholarly, written by Professor Elliott, an eloquent professor of medieval history. Its title—The Corrupter of Boys—might scare you away from reading a book whose name suggests something terrible. But its dedication, “to all those, living or dead, who have suffered sexual abuse,” gives you reason to read it.

As a law professor who works with CHILD USA to combat child abuse, I found in the book many historical insights that confirm the modern work we have undertaken. We want to hold religious institutions responsible for their abuse of children as well as expose the abusers’ supervisors’ determined efforts to hide that abuse no matter the cost to the survivors and to the public.

December 28, 2020 

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