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PHOTO: A five-year study finds that the bystander intervention program Green Dot significantly reduces sexual violence among high school students in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of University of Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's first lady calls it a game changer – using a program based on bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence among high school-age children. The Green Dot program, which was created and first used at the University of Kentucky, is now being tried in more t ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Supporters of the state's child advocacy network are calling on everyone to take part in the WV CAN Climb fundraiser this week. Graphic courtesy of WV CAN.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Organizers and families they have helped are calling on everyone to support the state's Child Advocacy Network with a fundraising hike this week. Comments from Amy Landers, whose son was a victim of sexual assault and was helped by the Child Advocacy Center in Charleston. Graphic ...Read More

PHOTO: The Idaho Children's Trust Fund wants parents to ask teachers if they've taken the "Stewards of Children" training to prevent child sexual abuse. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - There's a new question to ask as kids head back to school this month. A child sexual abuse prevention group wants parents to quiz teachers, principals, coaches - anyone who has contact with children - about whether they have taken the "Stewards of Children" training. Roger Sherman, e ...Read More

PHOTO: Finding safe, stable housing is among the many challenges LGBT homeless youth face in Illinois, according to a new report. The issue also was the topic of a summit in Chicago in May. Photo courtescredit: Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – Voices are being raised about the need to break down the barriers in Illinois that keep many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people living on the streets. A new report details the results of the Chicago 2014 Homeless Summit in May, when more than 300 youth, activists a ...Read More

Photo: Help is now available for New Hampshire victims of domestic violence with local shelters offering Safe Haven for pets. Photo Credit: @mlcliff

CONCORD, N.H. - Domestic violence victims in the Granite State who may stay in abusive homes because of concerns about their pets' well-being if they leave now have a place to turn. People who commit domestic violence often also harm pets, and that can make victims of domestic violence feel trapped ...Read More

PHOTO: Those who work to prevent sexual assault in Indiana say they are disappointed that Gov. Mike Pence has chosen not to comply with federal standards to prevent prison rape. Photo credit: Kevin Connors/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Concerns are being raised about Gov. Mike Pence's refusal to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. Indiana's governor has told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that meeting the federal mandate isn't feasible because the standards are too expensive to enforce. But Chri ...Read More

ASHLAND, Ky. - According to experts, after surviving domestic violence the next big step on a victim's path to recovery is self-sufficiency. It's a path that thousands of survivors across Kentucky are following, thanks in part to support from the Allstate Foundation. One example is Parthenia Fergu ...Read More

PHOTO: Sen. Bill Laird of Fayette County, a former county sheriff, says cutting programs that help West Virginia families in crisis will cost the state more money in the long run. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Criminal justice officials are joining those who say West Virginia should restore $750,000 in cuts from programs for children and families. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut the funding for programs, including child advocacy, in-home family education and support for victims of do ...Read More

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