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Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary says he was a victim of child sexual abuse

Read the entire article from ESPN here. A former assistant football coach and key prosecution witness in the upcoming conspiracy trial of three former Penn State leaders accused of covering up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse crimes told his players during a November 2011 closed-door meeting that he, too, was sexually abused as a boy, sources told ESPN The Magazine. Mike McQueary confided to a dozen Nittany Lions players that he could relate to the helplessness of the young boy he had seen with Sandusky in …

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“Take that away, and I am just a victim.”

We as a society have made much progress in spreading awareness and understanding of child sexual abuse as an issue. Unfortunately, we still see examples of an outdated tendency to blame victims for the actions of abusers. Yesterday, we were happy to read that in the tragic case of a 14-year old girl who was sexually abused by her teacher and who later committed suicide, victim blaming was not tolerated. Despite the widespread support of this child victim, a few still cling to an antiquated …

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1in6 Thursday: Behold the Turtle

Researcher BrenĂ© Brown became an overnight celebrity after she gave a TED Talk about vulnerability and shame that has been viewed over nine million times. Everything she says about vulnerability and shame can be directly applied to survivors of child sex abuse. As a researcher, she states that it is a scientific fact that connection is the basis for human life and shame unravels connection. That spells problems for us survivors, because our most powerful emotion is shame. She goes on to say that shame …

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