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Marjorie Clay, PhD, will be presenting the Keynote Address on Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 a.m. during the Assembly. Dr. Clay came to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1992 from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, where she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy for fifteen years. Highly regarded as an educator, Dr. Clay has been teaching philosophy since 1973 and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. She has taught medical ethics since 1979, has served as ethicist on several hospital ethics committees in Pennsylvania, and has provided ethics consultation to health care institutions throughout the state.

Dr. Clay has published several books and articles and is a member of several professional societies including the American Philosophical Association, the American Society of Humanities and Bioethics, and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

Healing the scars of child abuse: 'Until now, I've been afraid to share my story. But fear should be faced head-on'
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Though violence had been a part of Brenda Della Casa's life since birth, she never lived with the impression that what went on in her home was normal, nor did she feel responsible for her father's behavior. She saw him as a demonic presence that somehow found its way into the lives of the innocent people who surrounded him. Keeping her mouth shut and lying about her wounds became her new specialty. When the beatings would leave marks on her lower legs and arms, she would cover up in jeans and long-sleeved shirts. Her father called this loyalty. She called it survival. More

UK to deploy rape investigation squad to war zones
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The U.K. is setting up a special rapid deployment unit to collect evidence on mass rape used as a weapon during global conflicts, as part of a broader initiative to be launched to combat sexual war crimes of the kind seen in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, central Africa, and now in Syria. The team of experts being created by the Foreign Office will be drawn from a pool of British police, forensic experts, doctors, psychologists and lawyers and is expected to be in action by the end of this year, ready to be sent to war zones at short notice wherever there are signs of sexual abuse on a large scale. More

National conference raises awareness over continuation of female genital mutilation
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Girls from the U.S. are being subjected to illegal genital mutilation, despite the devastating consequences, a senior at Richard R. Green high school in New York City states. Female Genital Mutilation involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other non-medical injury to the female genital organs. FGM is carried out for cultural and religious traditions, but is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. More

Violence Against Women Act stalled as Congress bickers
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The federal reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has fallen victim to political bickering, with the House of Representatives and the Senate refusing even to consider the versions passed by each other. This is the third time the Violence Against Women Act has been up for reauthorization since 2000 and it's never been controversial before. The landmark 18-year-old law includes measures to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence; among other things it provides short-term housing for abused women and grants for law enforcement staffing and training. More

Kenya's FGM laws need to be more of a deterrent
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The female genital mutilation legislation in Kenya needs to be urgently reviewed, according to a Law Society of Kenya council member. Karimi Njeru believes the existing rules are not a big enough deterrent to curb the spread of the out-dated practice. Currently, anyone convicted of FGM could be imprisoned for six months or ordered to pay Sh50,000 — $585 — but Njeru stated these penalties had failed to protect Kenya's young women. More

Distress of child war and sex abuse victims halved by new trauma intervention
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A new psychological intervention has been shown to more than halve the trauma experienced by child victims of war, rape and sexual abuse. Researchers at Queen's University Belfast pioneered the intervention in conjunction with the international NGO, World Vision as part of a wider program to treat psychological distress in child victims of war and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More

Prosecutor Seeks to force rabbis to report on abuse
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The Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, said Wednesday that he would push for state legislation to add rabbis and other religious leaders to the list of professionals required to report allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities. The move comes as Mr. Hynes, the city's longest-serving district attorney, has come under intense scrutiny for his handling of sexual abuse cases in the politically powerful ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. More

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