The Fight is a collection of articles from around the globe this week on the issue of pornography and sexual abuse against boys, and the effects on their lives as they grow into men.
Allan MacMaster gives heartfelt speech for abuse victims
Allan MacMaster thought of a lost soul on Thursday and wept.
The Tory MLA for Inverness delivered a powerful speech in the Nova Scotia legislature about the struggles victims of sexual abuse face and the need to provide all the supports possible for people as they try to reclaim their lives.
Being a survivor requires great courage, MacMaster told the legislature, and it is important those who are abused know that they are good people. He named several survivors who asked him to do so.
“Let us give hope to those suffering in silence,” MacMaster said.
“Sexual abuse is not a car accident we can look away from because we don’t like what we see. We must acknowledge it and we must stop it from happening.”
Jon Seiger was just a month into the seventh grade the first time it happened. On an overnight trip to Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1972, a teacher-chaperone put his hand in Seiger’s pajamas shortly after the 11-year-old had gone to bed.
“I said, ‘I don’t like this. I’m not comfortable,’ ” Seiger recalls. “He said, ‘Just be a good boy and relax.’ ”
Harvey Lee Duncan, now 62 years old, wrote us a letter from prison asking us to interview him because he says he wants to help parents better protect their children from predators.
While a lot of what Duncan said was very difficult to hear, it’s important for parents to hear to help understand what’s going on inside the mind of a sexual predator in the hopes of saving children from sexual abuse.
Data clearly and consistently show that mothers abuse their children more frequently than fathers. Yet we seem generally unconcerned about maternal abuse, often telling the male victims who have been hurt by their mothers to “suck it up” and “take it like a man.”
Sexting is common among teens, with more than 1 in 4, or 28%, admitting they have sent a naked picture of themselves through text or email, according to new research.
If they had sent a naked photo, they were also more likely to be sexually active, the study shows.
“It may be a reliable indicator of actual sexual behavior,” says researcher Jeff R. Temple, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Health in Galveston.
The study, which polled 948 public high school students, is published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.