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Watch A Psychologist Tell Us What No One Ever Told Us About Sex Offenders

She deserves a standing ovation. Why? Because she speaks truth, no matter how much it hurts for us to hear it.Trigger warning: Discussion of rape, sexual assault, and abuse.

That's not all! Dr. Burrowes spoke to us about the video.

I was inspired by my own experience of meeting people socially, having the inevitable "What do you do for a living?" conversation and watching what happened. If you can make it okay for people to be curious about sexual abuse you’ll find that they have plenty of questions. I think people initially meet the topic of sexual abuse with fear, but below that fear is a strong desire to understand the topic better. Conversations about sexual abuse with members of the public are also good for me. They help to focus my own curiosity, they remind me that this is an issue for everybody to be involved in, and they help me learn how to explain things in a way that is easier to hear.


I am sure that there will be a mixture of reactions but in general this whole project feels like a risk because it is a leap into the unknown. I am asking people to look at something that scares them. Many of the things I have to say will be hard to hear. I don’t see a long line of people queuing up to be the public face of sexual abuse. But if people are interested in hearing something different, and I hope constructive, then I’m happy to be one of the people who does that.

I think the world is waking up to sexual abuse. People recognize that it is a huge problem that no society is immune from. The next step is working toward solutions. People like me need to do what we can to share the knowledge that we have. We need to help people ask useful questions and find answers that will work. Much of the talk about sexual abuse revolves around politics and policies – we want to know who to blame and who’s going to stop it from happening again. Abuse is a human problem. I’m happy to provide a space for talking about the human side of sexual abuse because I believe that is the only place where we’ll find solutions.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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