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Rape is Rape

Rape is rape. The debate surrounding whether female rape victims may or may not become pregnant as a result of the rape dilutes the issue at hand. Rape is about violence. It is a socially tolerated, pervasive sex crime of power and control used to humiliate, devalue and objectify a person. The ef...

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Cybercrimes on a Personal Level: What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying differs from cyberstalking primarily in that there is a minor involved. It’s worth nothing that cyberstalking does not preclude the involvement of minors. Tragically, cyberbullying has become a popular form of torment for some teens and preteens. While physically bullied children a...

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Child Safety Program


The Cottage, Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. would like to extend a special word of “thanks” to all those professionals that gave of their time and talents to the 1st Annual Child Safety Program during the month of October 2012. Thank you to Dr. Geraldine Clark of Ath...

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Consent Is Sexy and Required

In 2011, The Cottage served 453 survivors of rape within our community providing them with resources of sexual assault examinations, a crisis hotline, therapeutic and counseling services and support groups. Over 30% of those we served stated that the evening leading up to their assault began wit...

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How Come Children Don't Tell When They Have Been Sexually Abused?


How Come? The Sandusky trial gripped the nation as tales of anguish, fear, and confusion were heard from the young men who accused the former Penn State assistant coach of sexual abuse. “Why didn’t they tell someone?” or “Why did they continue to go back?” were quest...

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