Category: Sex & Sexuality

How Do We Talk To Children About Sexual Abuse?

There is no math formula to teach children to protect themselves from potential abusers. Parents have to take the initiative to discuss the realities of our society’s ugly side. Here is a review of a book intended for young children, that may open lines of communication. Those Are My Private Parts by Diane Hansen How do we talk to our children about sexual abuse? What can parents and caregivers say to prevent child sexual abuse? In a society that spends more funding dollars on intervention instead of prevention, Diane Hansen, author of Those Are My Private Parts, has found a simple yet ingenious way to answer those questions. Her book is illustrated with child-friendly drawings in primary colors. The text carries short rhythms with great messages. Every educator and caregiver, as well as children’s advocacy centers, should have a copy of this book as a tool to empower children. Diane Hansen was spurred to action when she heard a perpetrator of sexual abuse on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The convicted child molester revealed how he had used secret tactics and tricks to coerce children into sex acts. A child molester claimed that it is harder to manipulate children who realize the danger. And the danger does not lie solely with a stranger: 93-95% of victims know the attacker! The sting of betrayal runs deep when a child has been...

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Sexual Assault: A Definition

Sexual Assault: A Definition WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT? Sexual assault is a legal term as well as a phrase that pertains to unwanted sexual contact. State laws vary* but the most common phrase used to define sexual assault is “an act of sexual penetration or intrusion without a person’s consent.” Sexual assault occurs when sexual contact is not consensual. WHAT IS PENETRATION? Sexual penetration or intrusion can be vaginal, oral, or anal by any body part or object. WHO IS A PERPETRATOR? Sexual assault, including rape and attempted rape, can be completed by anyone, including an acquaintance, boyfriend or...

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HERE WOMEN TALK ABOUT PAYING FOR SEX Live! on The Colin Lively Show, Fri. Aug.17 2pm EDT

Roadkill on the Internet Highway I have a whole slew of nieces that I love to communicate with. “Uncle Colin, we don’t communicate with phone calls any more. You have to get yourself a computer and start e-mailing, like every one else does, or you are going to be roadkill on the side of the internet highway”. Then one of nieces, Michelle, came to NYC and set me up with a dial up Dell desktop. And that’s where it started. Thank God for Michelle. Because many of my friends who are my age still haven’t mastered even the emailing....

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My Little Pony: The Unexpected Rise of the Bronies!

Everyone remembers the animated television show My Little Pony from the late 80’s and early 90’s. Girls would fall in love with the show and everything it represented; friendship, love, and peace. However, as of two years ago with the return of My Little Pony, the series has seen a huge increase in male fans! They call themselves “bronies”; a fusion of the words “bro” and “pony”. They are fan boys of My Little Pony and are not afraid to admit it. In 2010, when My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic aired, the fan base of male viewers rose...

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Bored With the Same Romance

Alasha, My boyfriend and I have been dating for six months. The first half of our relationship we barely saw the inside of each other’s apartments, lately that’s all we see. I work a nine to five and his hours vary. When he is off he likes to sit around the house and watch television, on the weekends when I am off I like to travel. I enjoy watching movies and popular shows as much as the next person but I like to mingle with others as well. We don’t have any children and we are financially comfortable. How...

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Please…Make Me An Honest Woman

Alasha, I’ve been in a relationship for two years with a married man I met at my office. After separating from his wife we began a relationship and he moved in with me. I have met his wife once and she doesn’t show any interest toward wanting to rekindle any old flames. I figure this is true because he is always complaining how she never calls concerning their six year old daughters well being. He does not see his daughter often stating the mom is rather difficult to deal with.  I have asked him about moving forward with the...

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