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Catherine Spoerl: Warrior Mom

Catherine Spoerl: Warrior Mom

It was at an Easter Sunday family brunch that Catherine Spoerl found her son James staring out the kitchen window with tears rolling down his face. The year was 2002, and the news regarding the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston sex abuse scandal had just broken. Cass, as she is called, remembers...

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Part II: The Hidden Crisis of Sibling Sexual Abuse

Part II: The Hidden Crisis of Sibling Sexual Abuse

Part II: The Hidden Crisis of Sibling Sexual Abuse Part I of ‚ÄúThe Hidden Crisis of Sibling Sexual Abuse‚ÄĚ shone a rare spotlight on the silent epidemic of sibling sexual abuse (SSA) that affects a staggering number of families in our nation. In last week‚Äôs blog post, we examined the prevalence,...

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The Hidden Crisis of Sibling Sexual Abuse- Part 1

The Hidden Crisis of Sibling Sexual Abuse- Part 1

Sibling relationships are some of the most powerful yet undervalued in the family lives of children and adolescents. Not only are sibling relationships often the most enduring in the family, but they also play a significant role in identity formation, attachment, as well as social, cognitive, and...

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With HB951 Tabled for the Summer, There Is No Summer Vacation for the Victims of Child Sex Abuse in Pennsylvania

With HB951 Tabled for the Summer, There Is No Summer Vacation for the Victims of Child Sex Abuse in Pennsylvania

Well, well, well: Pennsylvania lawmakers and Governor Wolf had no problem reaching an agreement on the annual budget.  We can thank federal covid relief for filling state coffers.  Did you hear the celebrations coming from Harrisburg offices?   Yup!  It’s time for summer vacation!!   Who can...

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Anti-Trans Legislation Harms Our Country’s Children

Anti-Trans Legislation Harms Our Country’s Children

*Updated as of 3/31/23   Over the past three years, more than 400 bills targeting the trans community have been introduced across the United States. These bills are part of the¬†coordinated movement by conservative legislators¬†to limit the rights of all transgender[i]people, and many of these...

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Healing Takes Time: Delores’ Story

Healing Takes Time: Delores’ Story

Delores stands next to a pink rosebush planted by counseling center staff to honor her courage and bravery. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you                                                                                            ~ Maya Angelou As a trauma...

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