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September 4, 2019

In fall 2017, a movement began that would send ripple effects throughout the country.  With a simple hashtag, #MeToo, women (and men) began sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment.  As a result, many powerful people — mostly men — faced consequences for...

August 28, 2019

Earlier this year, a number of journalists published pieces alerting the public to the fact that the Trump administration had changed the definition of domestic violence.  If true, this news would certainly be disturbing — but this claim was not quite accurate.

In reali...

August 21, 2019

Across Westmoreland County, kids of all ages are headed back to school this week, after a summer of sun, perhaps a bit too much rain, and hopefully some adventure.  Now, it is time for pencils, books, and all of the promise that a new school year holds.

At Blackburn Cen...

August 14, 2019

In many ways, our society has come a long way when it comes to the treatment of women. Both federal and state law prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, and generally, overt bias against women is barred.  Yet we know that our society is far from equal, particular...

August 7, 2019

In the past week, there were three mass shootings across the United States: at a festival in Gilroy, California, at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio.  In each case, the killer was a young man, aged 24 or younger (both the Gilroy and the El...

July 31, 2019

There is a disturbing tendency among parents, educators, and even adolescents themselves to categorize any sort of issues between young women as “girl drama.”  If a group of friends is having an argument: it’s girl drama.  If a two friends have a falling out: it’s girl...

July 24, 2019

For nearly 40 years, Blackburn Center has offered awareness and prevention education programs to schools

throughout Westmoreland County on a range of topics, including sexual assault, domestic violence, bullying, teen dating violence, and more.  Every year, we reach abo...

July 17, 2019

Last week, billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges that he trafficked dozens of minors for the purposes of sex between 2002 and 2005.   The news of his arrest made international headlines, as Epstein previously received a lenient sentence for simi...

July 10, 2019

At Blackburn Center, volunteers are critical to our organization.   Not only did volunteers start Blackburn Center

in 1976, but they continue to provide thousands of hours of service each year. It is through these volunteers that we are able to strive towards our missio...

July 3, 2019

One of the challenges that many parents face is getting their children to see something from someone else’s

point of view.  It can be difficult to master empathy, which is the ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from their point of view, in...

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