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FLDS in Texas: What’s really going on?

I have been thinking, reading, and speaking with more people about the heartrendingly painful events taking place here in Texas. 416 children from a Fundamentalist Church of Later Day Saints (FLDS) ranch were taken into state custody just over two weeks ago. This point everyone agrees on. Almost everything else, it seems, have people disagreeing. […]

Preventing rape through sex education

I have been thinking a lot recently about rape, in all it’s forms. From rape within the context of a relationship to the stranger on the street. My experience at the Vagina Monologues drew me deeper into this line of thought. Here’s the statistic that’s struck me the most: 1 out of every 3 women […]

alcohol and drugs and rape

 (Written by guest blogger Wendy Harlowe.) I said I would write about substance abuse and adolescent sexuality, but I am amending that. I think there are plenty of people who use alcohol and drugs without abusing them (experimentation lies in this realm), but I think my opinions still stand. Instances of rape (including date rape) […]

Substance abuse and sexual abuse

Yesterday I spoke to a group of therapists at a residential treatment center for teenagers with substance abuse issues, the Phoenix House. One of the teenagers who was doing really well in the program gave me a tour of the facilities.  She told me, among other things, that most of the people were there voluntarily, […]

Genarlow Wilson and Underage Sex

I have written about Genarlow Wilson before. He’s the young Georgia man who was sentenced to 10 years without parole for having consensual oral sex at age 17 with a 15 year old. The Wikipedia page on Wilson tells his story in its entirety. Before I enumerate and lambaste the issues in this case, I […]

Adolescent sex offenders Part 3: Legal issues

In case you missed the first or second part in this series, we are discussing the recent NY Times article on adolescent sex offenders. This is the last post in a three-part series. The primary focus of the law as it relates to adolescent sex offenders is how to keep potential future victims safe. This […]

Adolescent sex offenders Part 2: Social and psychological implications

In case you missed the first part in this series, we are discussing the recent NY Times article on adolescent sex offenders. This is the second post in a three-part series. Adolescent social, emotional, psychological, and cognitive development is quite rapid. Almost every aspect of an adolescent is, for those few years, almost always changing. […]

Adolescent sex offenders Part 1: Defining the issue

There was an article in the New York Times Magazine on July 22nd about adolescent sex offenders. The article primarily focused on the relevant psychological/developmental issues and how they relate to recidivism rates and the changing legal landscape. I will discuss this article over three posts this week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Today I […]

Rape, pornography, and adolescent sexuality

I am currently working on several posts about the seedier side of sexuality. The first is about the recent article in the New York Times Magazine about adolescent sex offenders. (To be clear, these are teenagers or pre-teenagers who have engaged in sexual behavior with children who are at least two years younger than they […]

Abuse and it’s consequences

When I was a child and young adolescent, I had several very inappropriate experiences with significantly older youth and with men. This was pretty hurtful to me. I ended up acting out sexually, promiscuously. I think there was connection, but who knows? I was in the time period of drug, sex, rock and roll, so […]