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May 29, 2019

In Pennsylvania, there is currently no minimum age to get married.  A child of any age can get married if they meet certain requirements.  For those under the age of 18, a custodial parent or guardian’s consent is all that is needed to marry.  For anyone under the age...

February 20, 2019

Last week, we explored how the way that our society views Black girls as more mature and less innocent than their white peers may allow predators such as R. Kelly to exploit them. Research has shown that Black girls are viewed through a hypersexual lens — and as a resu...

December 5, 2018

In 2018, we have seen substantial change when it comes to how allegations of sexual harassment and assault are handled.  Unfortunately, far too many people continue to doubt victims, and may even openly blame and attack victims for their own abuse.  While we have made...

September 26, 2018

There are many reasons why a victim of sexual assault may not report the crime to law enforcement, or ever even discuss it with family, friends or other loved ones.

Embarrassment.  Fear of reprisal.  Believing the myth that rape victims are somehow responsible for the...

June 20, 2018

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community.  It is also an opportunity to explore the issues that face LGBTQ+ people in the United States, such as domestic violence and increased rates of hate crimes against...

February 28, 2018

In early February, Tarana Burke, the original founder of the #MeToo movement, spoke in Pittsburgh.  Several members of Blackburn Center’s community were fortunate enough to be in attendance at this standing-room-only event, where Ms. Burke spoke about her life, her wor...

February 6, 2018

For most Americans, the #MeToo movement started in the fall of 2017, with the bombshell New York Times story that Harvey Weinstein had been sexually harassing and assaulting employees and actresses for decades.  On October 15, 2017, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, “if y...

December 6, 2017

This fall, we have experienced what seems to be a turning point in our national conversation about sexual violence.  Powerful men are being held responsible for sexual assaulting and harassing women, and for what feels like the first time, the majority of our society b...

November 29, 2017

The news has been full of stories recently of women and men alike coming forward to tell their stories of being sexual assaulted or harassed.  Many of the perpetrators are famous or powerful men, while still others are unnamed or unknown abusers.  We have reached...

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