Perceptions of Homosexuality

In May, the Boy Scouts will decide whether to lift their outright ban on openly homosexual scouts and troop leaders. Certainly, as the Supreme Court ruled in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, this decision is ultimately up to the Scouts. We should ask ourselves, however, if barring people from participation in an organization is “morally straight”. Continue reading “Perceptions of Homosexuality”

Homosexuality in Religion

During an interview on a plane ride from Brazil, Pope Francis was discussing a few issues with reporters. He was being asked about an alleged “gay lobby” in the Vatican, rumors of which have been buzzing around Italy. Reports range from a group of gay priests who are friends and meet for lunch, to a lobby that is attempting to influence Vatican policy. The Pope was trying to distinguish between being gay, and being a lobby, indicated that the latter would be a real problem. Then he said something interesting. Continue reading “Homosexuality in Religion”

Elder Abuse

Across America, seniors are suffering in silence. About one in 10 seniors has suffered some form of abuse at least once, and many of these go unreported. Most abuse comes at the hands of family members, but a substantial amount happens in nursing homes. With the Amount of Americans 65 and over projected to double by 2030, this problem will only get worse if not addressed properly. Continue reading “Elder Abuse”

Corporate Activism

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy tweeted, “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.” The tweet was later retracted because Chick-fil-A said the views were the personal views of Dan Cathy, and not an official stance of the restaurant. Continue reading “Corporate Activism”

Catholicism: What does the future hold?

With the pope resigning for the first time in 600 years, things are definitely changing in the Catholic Church. Currently, 115 cardinals are gathered in the conclave to determine the next pope. The 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, representing roughly the population of India, are anxiously awaiting the results. Who will be chosen as the next pope? What issues will he face? What decisions will he have to make? What is the future of the Catholic Church? Continue reading “Catholicism: What does the future hold?”

Stalkers: Not Just for Celebrities

Each year, an estimated 3.4 million people are victims of stalking in the United States, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report. That amounts to around 1.4% of the total population. In 75% of cases, the victims know the stalker in some way. Only in 10% of cases is the stalker a stranger. Continue reading “Stalkers: Not Just for Celebrities”

Child Molestation is All Too Common

According to a 2006 National Institute of Justice report, 3.6% of women and 1.3% of men were raped when they were age 11 or younger. In 2010, there were 63,527 reported instances of child sexual abuse in the U.S, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Compare this to 9,100 deaths in car wrecks in 2009 for those 19 and younger, according to the CDC. You make sure your kid buckles up, but are you worried about who is watching them?

Child molestation is blight upon our society, and should be dealt with swiftly and justly. But what is left for the victims who must put the pieces back together? These events follow people for the rest of their lives, and getting over the incident is an ongoing struggle. Depression, self-loathing, flashbacks, selective memory loss and dissociation are all symptoms of a past child molestation experience. Repression, emotional insulation, rationalization, and intellectualization are common coping mechanisms.

The act of even admitting that abuse occurred is an extremely traumatic experience. Using the example of the Sandusky trial, it took years for the alleged victims to come forward, and testifying was a terrible experience. However, talking about it with a counselor or other trusted individual is crucial to the healing process. Even speaking with your general practitioner is important, as the diagnosis of other ailments such as migraines can change.

You also need to recognize poor coping habits, such as addictive behavior, drinking and fear of intimacy. Admitting both the incident and its effects are an important step toward recovery. Seeking psychiatric help is a good option for making sure the tragic events of childhood don’t ruin an entire life.

Additional Resources

HHS Child Abuse 2010: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm10/cm10.pdf#page=61

RAINN Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: http://rainn.org/get-info/effects-of-sexual-assault/adult-survivors-of-childhood-sexual-abuse

National Institute of Justice National Violence Against Women Survey: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/210346.pdf

University of Nebraska Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1027&context=psychfacpub

Educated Asian Immigrants

The fastest growing immigrant population in the U.S. hails from Asia. In 2011, 36% of naturalizations were from Asia. Most of these people are coming to the U.S. with bachelor’s degrees or more. Not only are they generally more highly educated than average in their native countries, they are more highly educated than Americans as a whole. Continue reading “Educated Asian Immigrants”