Category: Responding to News Events

Santa Barbara killings: taking our social script to a violent extreme

Preface from Irene van der Zande, Kidpower founder and Executive Director:  In my horror over the mass murder in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara, and grief for everyone harmed by this terrible tragedy, I have been struggling with what to say. Our Kidpower North Carolina Center Co-Director and my “Doing Right by Our Kids” Co-Author […]


Fortune and Fame – or Halls of Shame?

What does it take to protect child entertainers from abuse? Once again, we see news headlines leaving us with troubling questions about the way that the exploitation of young people has been accepted and overlooked in the film industry. This time, actor Michael Egan is accusing well-known entertainment executives Bryan Singer, Garth Ancier, Gary W. […]


When Disaster Strikes: Safety Comes From Inside Ourselves

An earthquake, fire, flood, or tornado devastates a community.  A young man shoots up a movie theater, a school, a town, or an army base. An arsonist sets off a forest fire. A loved one is suddenly hit by a car or dies of a heart attack.  Terrorists set off a bomb or fly airplanes […]


Positive Prevention to Stop Violence Without Blaming Victims

As advocates of stopping child abuse, rape, and other assaults, we need to be careful to avoid language that implies that victims of violence might have been able to “prevent” what happened. However, some advocates object to teaching “violence and abuse prevention” because they believe that this puts the responsibility for stopping violence on the […]


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