By Debra Bell Of the Weekly Staff   Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series addressing the link between domestic violence and family animals.   The day Jenny Dwyer decided to leave her abuser was the day… Read More
      Last month’s news that Hall of Fame swim coach Rick Curl will go to jail for molesting one of his swimmers in the 1980s is just the latest saga in a recurring tale about coaches who exploit their authority to sexually abuse young athletes. I know… Read More
    Imagine you have arrived in a new country, with few or no financial resources, no working knowledge of the culture in that country, and you can’t speak or understand the language everyone else speaks. You’ve arrived with two of your children and you’re not sure when… Read More
    Sex trafficking is a vile form of human trafficking. Sex trafficking and exploitation in the greater Portland community, across Maine and the nation is not pretty. It is downright ugly. Human trafficking is the tragedy of battered bodies, confused minds and crushed spirits. Simply put, sex trafficking is… Read More
    While April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, it isn’t the only month that gets a lot of attention for sexual assault awareness and prevention. August and September see an influx of college freshmen flooding onto campus, eager to meet new roommates, study for exams and avoid… Read More