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11-22 The Diversity and Complexity of Child Marriage

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Hot off the press – “The Diversity and Complexity of Child Marriage” a new supplement featuring compelling research and evidence on #ChildMarriage, including our partner’s findings, Unchained At Last, on the prevalence of child marriage in the U.S.

This supplement was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The articles have been peer-reviewed and edited by the editorial staff of the Journal of Adolescent Health. The opinions or views expressed in this supplement are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the funder.

Edited by Ronald Olum, Eunice Muthengi, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli

Volume 69, Issue 6, Supplement,

 

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11-21 Colorado Drops Term ‘Sex Offender’ — Calling It Negative Label…

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DENVER (CBS4)The way sex offenders are labeled is changing in Colorado. The board that sets state standards voted today to change the term “sex offenders” to reflect so-called “person-first” language.

The Sex Offender Management Board, which is made up of everyone from public defenders to prosecutors, sets standards and guidelines for treatment providers so the new terminology will only be used in that context. It doesn’t change the term sex offender in law or the criminal justice system but some worry it’s a step in that direction.

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11-20 Trends confirm need for parents to talk about online safety with kids earlier, more often

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Digital spaces should and can be safe for every child.

But we have arrived at a moment when the speed and scale of digital platform adoption has left many parents feeling disconnected with how their kids are navigating online spaces. That’s why we’re invested in continuing to deepen our understanding of the online risks and harms youth face today — and how those risks, along with our responses, are evolving.

Thorn’s newest report, Self-Generated Child Sexual Abuse Material: Youth Attitudes and Experiences in 2020, represents the second in our annual monitoring research surveying kids aged 9-17 about their experiences and attitudes with self-generated sexual content. By creating a steady cadence of research and reporting, we are gaining a more holistic understanding of the risks kids face, how those risks are evolving, and what we can do to reduce potential harm.

We hope this research will inform the roadmaps of many organizations working to keep children safe online, as it will here at Thorn.

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11-19 The Department Of Justice Is Ignoring Child Victims Of Sex Crimes

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Rep. Ann Wagner is a Republican representing Missouri’s 2nd District. She serves as vice-ranking member on the House Financial Services and Foreign Affairs committees and is a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus.

Sexual violence against our children runs rampant on the internet and has only worsened during the COVID pandemic. Too often online video providers get away with posting images and videos that show illegal actions and violent sexual activity against our children. One specific website, OnlyFans, has been exposed by law enforcement for such content, known as Child Sexual Abuse Material, for not doing enough to stop this vile and disgusting material from appearing on their site.  OnlyFans answer?  Raise more capital to spread more smut.

Three months ago, I called on Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice to investigate OnlyFans regarding the prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse Material on its platform.

I, along with over 100 of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, asked Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice to ensure that OnlyFans is taking necessary steps to ensure children are not being exploited on their platform.

And for three months, Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice have failed to respond. Silence.

Our request was simple: investigate the measures – or lack thereof – used to prevent, reduce, and respond to Child Sexual Abuse Material on its platform, examine the prevalence of missing or abducted children linked to content on OnlyFans, and look into the use of direct messaging on OnlyFans to solicit prostitution, specifically that involves minors.

Why isn’t the federal government being responsive to child victims of sex crimes? Why isn’t the Biden Administration taking the threat posed by OnlyFans seriously? In the time it will take them to act, how many more children will be exploited on OnlyFans?  If the Federal Government would do anything, you’d think it would protect children from sexual predators.

This isn’t conjecture. Serious sex crimes, including human trafficking, selling Child Sexual Abuse Material, kidnapping, battery, and child rape, involving OnlyFans have occurred across the country this year.

I’m a mother and a grandmother, and I believe that we have a moral obligation to protect the most vulnerable. Frankly, I’m infuriated that the Department of Justice seems to be willing to turn a blind eye to the serious threat OnlyFans poses to minors.

I will not stop just because the Department of Justice is ignoring our plea to look into OnlyFans. I have also called on the Department of Treasury to conduct an immediate, thorough investigation into the so-called “assurances” OnlyFans secured from its financial partners.

You’ll remember OnlyFans announced a ban on sexually explicit material on its platform in August saying it needed to do so because banks would not do business with them due to the content being sold, but days later, OnlyFans changed its position, claiming it had “secured assurances” from its financial partners and no longer needed to address the content sold on its platform.”

If an agreement was made between OnlyFans and financial institutions to shield businesses from scrutiny or liability for sex crimes involving OnlyFans, it would constitute a severe breach of public trust and a possible violation of federal anti-money laundering statutes and regulations.  The Department of Treasury should absolutely investigate that.  Profit should never trump the safety of our children.

Let me be clear: I will not stop. The threat posed by OnlyFans to our young people is too grave to ignore. So once again, I am calling on Attorney General Garland, the Department of Justice, the Department of Treasury, and the Biden Administration as a whole to take that threat seriously and investigate OnlyFans and stop allowing them to harm our children.

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11-18 Jess Jasurda from the National Runaway Safeline Joins Warrior Wednesday WVOX Radio

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November is National Runaway Prevention Month. Jess Jasurda, Director of Crisis Services National Runaway Safeline
joins Warrior💙 Wednesday WVOX Radio to discuss this critical issue. Approximately 4.2 million youth ages 13 to 25 experience homelessness each year in the U.S.
Take a listen and learn more. #NRPM2021 #HomelessYouth #YouthInCrisis #TakeAction #Resources #Solutions
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11-17 Join Warrior Wednesday WVOX Radio Today from 3-4PM ET! #NRPM

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Today we will “Shine A Light” on November is National Runaway Prevention Month. Jess Jasurda, Director of Crisis Services at the National Runaway Safeline joins us to share information and resources that we all need to know. It is about community engagement, education and prevention. Learn more and take action. 1800runaway.org #ProtectOurChildren

Lynn’s Warriors WVOX Radio 3-4PM ET 1460AMNY WVOX App WVOX.com

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11-15 Boys Have Eating Disorders Too. Doctors Think Social Media Is Making It Worse

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Eating disorders are on the rise among boys, say doctors, who think images and videos on social media are a factor.

Pediatric wards are seeing more eating-disorder cases overall, with boys making up an increasing share of patients. Cases with boys are often more severe than with girls, the doctors say, because boys’ disorders often go unnoticed until they are far along, and because eating disorders are largely believed to mostly affect young women.

In some cases, slimmer boys are bulking up to gain muscle mass. In others, bigger boys are slimming down to look more toned or to improve athletic performance. Boys who work out often receive praise in person and on their social-media.

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