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August 17, 2016

On any given day, if you click on a local news website or watch the news on TV, you’re bound to see at least one story involving domestic violence:  a man accused of sending 6,000 messages to his ex-girlfriend, including death threats; SWAT responds after man attempts...

July 20, 2016

When people think of gender violence, they may think of crimes involving physical violence, such as sexual assault or domestic abuse.  While stalking may not immediately spring to mind, it is a serious crime that can absolutely devastate its victims — even if it does n...

May 25, 2016

Recently our news (and social media feeds) have been consumed with one subject: the ability of transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.  At Blackburn Center, we fully support the right of transgender men and women to use whichever bathroom they are comfo...

September 2, 2015

In November 2013, a campaign was launched to fund the manufacture of a new type of garment designed to prevent rape.  Recently, the videos promoting this “anti-rape underwear” have begun to recirculate on social media, with many people proclaiming it to be an excellent...

August 26, 2015

It’s that time of year again!  Pencils have been sharpened, first day of school outfits selected, and backpacks filled.  Across Westmoreland County, kids are heading back to school…which makes it the perfect time to talk about a different kind of education for our chil...

August 5, 2015

If we were to do a survey about the deadliest form of domestic violence, which option would you pick? 


a)  Punching/hitting

b)  Gunshot

c)  Strangling

d)  Knife wound


The answer may surprise you: strangulation is the most lethal form of domestic violence.  It is also one...

February 11, 2015

When people think about domestic violence, the image that likely comes to mind is one of a physically battered person — bruises, broken bones, or worse.  While physical violence is often an element of abusive relationships, emotional or verbal abuse is possibly more pr...

January 14, 2015

If you follow us on social media or read our blog, you’ve seen that phrase hundreds of times:  “rape culture.”  It’s become a shorthand term in modern culture for any number of societal issues involving violence against women…but what exactly does it mean? In the first...

October 22, 2014

Last week, we highlighted the prevalence of dating violence among teenagers — and now, we’d like to talk about a problem that affects a different generation:  the elderly.  Elder abuse is a serious issue in this country, affecting some of our most vulnerable citizens....

October 15, 2014

Every year, roughly 1 in 10 American teenagers experiences physical abuse at the hands of a dating partner.  This sort of dating violence can lead to long-term effects, leaving survivors at increased risk of depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, poor academic...

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