Have you talked with your sons and daughters about the Jerry Sandusky case, and if you have, what did you say? Opening arguments in the trial against Mr. Sandusky, along with Amos Kamil’s New York Times Magazine story this weekend about sexual abuse at the Horace Mann…
I remember reading on someone else’s tumblr the other day (I don’t remember whose, but feel to point it out as yours if it is) a question like “why are there no body-positive blogs for circumcised men?” The thought struck me as odd, but I now realize why there are not…
"Sex will always be an exciting mystery to children, they’ll always want to know about it. And they’ll learn about it, inevitably, from scary porn and all those barmy urban myths that circulate playgrounds. As a counter to that, shouldn’t responsible kids’ telly at least try to right the balance? Shouldn’t there be someone out there (apart from your boring parents and your boring teachers, who cares what they say) saying that sex is a natural, sometimes funny, sometimes wonderful thing, that decent, kind, nice people do with other decent, kind, nice people? Rather than a sleazy forbidden horror whispered about behind the bike shed. You can’t stop kids finding out about sex. You can at least make sure some of what they hear is sane and reasonable."
-Steven Moffat (via pomplamoosetaco)
I can’t remember if I reblogged this before, but in case I haven’t, I thought Joani would like this quote, since she’s the one who wrote A Kid’s First Book About Sex. Read/download it on Joani’s website, and be sure to let everyone who has or loves children know!
William Reddie, 32, was killed by police as Child Protective Services employees attempted to seize his three-year-old. Reddie had been accused of smoking marijuana in front of his son.
Michigan Father Killed in Marijuana Child Removal Incident | Drug War Chronicle
A prosecutor in northern Michigan has cleared the police officer who shot and killed a Grayling man as police and Child Protective Services (CPS) employees attempted to seize his three-year-old. The attempted removal of the minor child came after a police officer who came to the scene on a call earlier that same day reported that he smelled marijuana and reported the incident to CPS authorities, who decided the child needed to be removed. The dead man, William Reddie, 32, becomes the 17th person killed in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.
Reddie’s killing took place on February 3, but we only became aware of it when news broke this week that prosecutors had decided that the police officer’s use of deadly force in the incident was justified.
According to the Crawford County Avalanche, Grayling police Officer Alan Somero was called to Reddie’s apartment for an alleged domestic disturbance. Somero made no arrests, but believed he smelled marijuana and reported it to CPS. Two CPS employees went to Reddie’s apartment to check on the situation. They then got a court order to remove Reddie’s 3-year-old son, Cameron, and asked police to escort them to the apartment to serve the court order.
[…] when police and CPS workers arrived to seize the child, Reddie then reportedly displayed a pocketknife and lunged at them. Crawford County Deputy John Klepadlo shot and killed him. Police had been deploying Tasers, but holstered them and grabbed their guns when Reddie displayed the knife.
Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield then asked the Michigan State Police to investigate his deputy’s use of deadly force. The Michigan Attorney General’s Office referred the case to the neighboring Roscommon County Prosecutor’s Office. After receiving a report from the State Police, Roscommon County DA Mark Jernigan determined that the use of deadly force was justified and that Klepadlo would not be charged with any crime.
[…] Toxicology reports, which were included in the final investigation, showed there was no marijuana or alcohol in Reddie’s system when he was killed.
[…] Cameron Reddie is now in foster care. His father’s family is seeking visitation rights.
Meanwhile, Deputy Klepadlo, who had been on administrative leave after the shooting, is back on the job.
There is a weekly gathering of parents and kids that takes place in my area.
The topic this week was three-year-old development, and one of the things three year olds are notorious for doing is pointing out differences. Take a three year old to the store and he/she will be pointing and shouting…
Human sexuality is an integral part of our whole lives, and does not begin just at puberty. Many children experience their sexuality as early as from infancy, when they learn that putting pressure or directly stimulating their genital regions feels good. Masturbation is a normal…
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Made Rebloggable upon Request “Boundaries for Children”
Anon: What does this mean “The way we start forcing our children to go through unwanted contact that teaches them young that their bodies aren’t their own.’
FYSE: (TW: molestation, child abuse) As soon as a child is born they’re passed around. Strangers think it’s okay to come up and touch them, family thinks it’s okay to come up and kiss them even if they don’t want them to (It’s even been used for comedic affect in multiple media). Children grow up thinking they have to put up with touch from adults that they don’t want. They’re taught to obey adults and not question them. Children have all of their control taken away. Growing up, because my mother went through having her older children molested and both my mother and father were both sexually abused as children, I was taught that if anyone touched me in any way that I wasn’t comfortable with to tell them. If I didn’t want to be touched by family members I wasn’t touched by family members. My parents empowered me to be in control of my body. Because of that, when I did receive unwanted touch I told my mom and she told the school and the problem was taken care of. We need to respect children’s boundaries when it comes to physical contact. I’m around a lot of children I’m really close to and I know how tempting it is to treat them like pets and just hug them all the time, which of course hugging is great and healthy as is tickling and physical touch but whenever a child says “no” to touch you have to respect that and back off. We need to empower our children to say no when they’re uncomfortable and teach them to that no is a valid answer.
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