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CHILD USA & CHILD USAdvocacy have organized “The United Front for PA SOL Reform” and are holding a Rally in Harrisburg,PA on Monday April 19th at 1:30pm.  Click HERE for more details.

CHILD USA & CHILD USAdvocacy have organized “The United Front for PA SOL Reform” and are holding a Rally in Harrisburg,PA on Monday April 19th at 1:30pm.  Click HERE for more details.

CHILD USA's Weekly Blog

Understanding Cognitive Biases So We Can Listen to Survivors Better

By Carter Timon, MBDS |Lead Social Science Researcher

Cognitive biases are tendencies to make certain decisions or behave in certain ways. Cognitive biases are predictable behavioral or decision patterns that all humans share. Often, these biases use mental shortcuts to make decision-making faster and easier. And these shortcuts are usually good. They help us make decisions quickly and accurately so that we survive in the wild (they are evolutionarily adaptive!). But, because they rely on shortcuts, cognitive biases sometimes lead us into making big mistakes.

CHILD USA's Weekly Legislation Update

This year we already have 2 states with new statute of limitations (SOL) reform laws for child sex abuse (AZ & KY) and 5 states with bills passed in the legislature. We also have 31 states with SOL bills introduced in 2021, including 16 to eliminate criminal SOLs, 16 to eliminate civil SOLs and 19 with revival/window bills. In Colorado, we are waiting on Governor Jared Polis to sign SB 73 into law to eliminate the civil SOL for sex assault of minors and adults.

Did you miss our live screening and panel discussion of ‘Silent No More’? Watch it now!

On April 8, 2021, the World Day for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Healing, and Justice, CHILD USA hosted a film screening and panel discussion of ‘Silent No More.’ This powerful documentary traces the intertwined stories of discovery and healing of survivors Sarah Klein, Esq. and Dr. Liz Goldman, MD. After the screening, CHILD USA’S CEO, Professor Marci Hamilton, led an impactful Q&A with ‘Silent No More’ Producer Adam Berger, Sarah Klein, Esq., and Dr. Liz Goldman.

Did you miss our live screening and panel discussion of ‘Silent No More’? Watch it now!

On April 8, 2021, the World Day for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Healing, and Justice, CHILD USA hosted a film screening and panel discussion of ‘Silent No More.’ This powerful documentary traces the intertwined stories of discovery and healing of survivors Sarah Klein, Esq. and Dr. Liz Goldman, MD. After the screening, CHILD USA’S CEO, Professor Marci Hamilton, led an impactful Q&A with ‘Silent No More’ Producer Adam Berger, Sarah Klein, Esq., and Dr. Liz Goldman.

 

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.
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.
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

 

‘We’ll be there, masks and all’: Closed out of the Capitol for months, sex abuse survivors reluctantly return to push for emergency reform

 ELIZBAETH HARDISON | MARCH 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child sex abuse law reform moves to Pa. Senate: Why some stakeholders are optimistic this time

IVEY DEJESUS | APRIL 7, 2021

 

 

 

Amendment Allowing Child Sexual Abuse Survivors To Sue Perpetrators Could Be Years Away

 

 

Pa. Senate leader nixes emergency amendment expanding window for child sex abuse victims

 

Child sex abuse law reform moves to Pa. Senate: Why some stakeholders are optimistic this time

IVEY DEJESUS | APRIL 7, 2021

Amendment Allowing Child Sexual Abuse Survivors To Sue Perpetrators Could Be Years Away

KEVIN GAVIN | MARCH 30, 2021

 

Pa. Senate leader nixes emergency amendment expanding window for child sex abuse victims

 

‘We’ll be there, masks and all’: Closed out of the Capitol for months, sex abuse survivors reluctantly return to push for emergency reform

ELIZABETH HARDISON | MARCH 21, 2021

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDICAL NEGLECT AND VACCINE AVOIDANCE

Most states have laws giving religious exemptions to the 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 a policy that protects the health and safety of children

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.

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)

 

Understanding Cognitive Biases So We Can Listen To Survivors Better

By Carter Timon, MBDS | Lead Social Science Researcher

Cognitive biases are tendencies to make certain decisions or behave in certain ways. Cognitive biases are predictable behavioral or decision patterns that all humans share. Often, these biases use mental shortcuts to make decision-making faster and easier. And these shortcuts are usually good. They help us make decisions quickly and accurately so that we survive in the wild (they are evolutionarily adaptive!). But, because they rely on shortcuts, cognitive biases sometimes lead us into making big mistakes.

April 14, 2021

WEEKLY BLOG (& Other Things to Read)

Understanding Cognitive Biases So We Can Listen To Survivors Better

By Carter Timon, MBDS |Lead Social Science Researcher

 

Cognitive biases are tendencies to make certain decisions or behave in certain ways. Cognitive biases are predictable behavioral or decision patterns that all humans share. Often, these biases use mental shortcuts to make decision-making faster and easier. And these shortcuts are usually good. They help us make decisions quickly and accurately so that we survive in the wild (they are evolutionarily adaptive!). But, because they rely on shortcuts, cognitive biases sometimes lead us into making big mistakes.

April 14, 2021

CHILD USA’s Weekly Data Drop

CHILD USA’s Weekly Data Drop

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