As the number of child sexual abuse cases decline nationally, child advocacy centers play a vital role.
Again and again, research from the University’s Crimes Against Children Research Center breaks through stereotypes and makes news. We think we know—and then we read a headline and find out differently: It’s not strangers who abduct children—it’s usually someone known to the child. For teens online—a friend online is usually a friend offline, too. Whether researchers from CCRC comment on an incident, inform Congress about online predators and sex crimes, or benchmark trends in bullying and sexual abuse—we’ve come to rely on their research and expertise to help us understand and shape the complex culture in which we raise our children. And so when David Finkelhor, director of the CCRC, refers to child advocacy centers as one of the most important justice advocacy innovations of the last 20 years in regards to children—we pay attention. ›› Read more.
Singing Higher than High
Freddy Mercury. Adam Lambert. Ryan Sheehan. OK, maybe you haven’t heard of Ryan yet, but he can sing in falsetto like a Mercury or Lambert. Ryan is a countertenor: a male voice part that sings in a higher range than a tenor. In other words, higher than Pavarotti’s highs. ›› Read more.
Eloquence—the art of persuasive discourse—has always been an important dimension of American citizenship. So says James Farrell, Professor of Communication. Integral to persuasive discourse is a concern for ethics: arguing through means and for ends that advance truth and the good of the community. In the context of the recent national debate about the tone of political discourse, which followed the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, Farrell offers a way to think about political rhetoric at this moment in our nation’s history. ›› Read more.
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