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Friday, October 19, 2018

Nothing Normal About Allegations Against Teenager Kavanaugh

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Tuesday evening, I was scrolling Twitter for news updates when I came upon this post by Emma Thatcher:

“Hello, female high school student here. I would just like to say that the emergence of this whole ‘teenage boys should get a pass because they’re not mature enough to understand consent’ narrative is probably one of the most unsettling things I have ever witnessed.”

She was referring, of course, to recent attempts to simultaneously excuse and demonize all teenage boys to salvage the reputation of one man, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist and professor, has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when he was 17, and she was 15.…

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Trump Team Ignored Warning That Immigration Policy Posed ‘Significant Risk’ To Children

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

As Trump’s cruel policies continue to keep families apart, many children are suffering psychological harm that could last a lifetime.

And now we know that the administration was warned about the harm to kids for a year before the family separation policy took effect.

At a Senate hearing Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked a panel of Trump administration witnesses if any of them had raised concerns about the “zero tolerance” policy that caused the family separation crisis.

Trump Department of Health and Human Services official Commander Jonathan D. White told Blumenthal that “over the previous year, we raised a number of concerns … about any policy which would result in family separation due to concerns we had about the best interest of the child.”

“You told the administration that kids would suffer as a result, that pain would be inflicted, correct?” Blumenthal asked.…

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Sexual Predators Stalk Immigrant Youth Shelters

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

 

Immigrant Youth Shelters: “If You’re a Predator, It’s a Gold Mine”

Just five days after he reached the United States, the 15-year-old Honduran boy awoke in his Tucson, Arizona, immigrant shelter one morning in 2015 to find a youth care worker in his room, tickling his chest and stomach.

When he asked the man, who was 46, what he was doing, the man left. But he returned two more times, rubbing the teen’s penis through his clothing and then trying to reach under his boxers. “I know what you want, I can give you anything you need,” said the worker, who was later convicted of molestation.



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