Christian Science Monitor 21 October 2016Family First Comment: …. spreading support may be because of the “ethics of tolerance,”: the individualistic attitude that “people think you should be able to do whatever you want as long as you don’t harm somebody else.” A record number of American citizens support marijuana legalization, according to two new national polls, in a continuation of multi-year trend.As proponents of legalization proliferate, legislatures are beginning to direct the swell of public opinion to the polls, where four states and the District of Columbia have already legalized recreational marijuana. This November, five more states will put the question of legalization before voters.Sixty percent of those polled by Gallup this month supported legalization, similar to the 57 percent polled earlier this fall by the Pew Research Center. One decade ago, those numbers were just 35 and 32 percent, respectively, highlighting the sudden groundswell of public support for legalization in recent years.Legalization in some states also likely played a role in increasing support, which started to grow especially quickly beginning in 2013, when Colorado and Washington state voted to make the drug legal.According to Father McGowan, gradual acceptance nationwide creates a domino effect. McGowan, who studies the intersection of public policy and business, likens the shift to the cultural acceptance of gambling.“When states legalized lotteries, it gave the signal to other Americans that there’s nothing wrong with gambling, that as long as it isn’t hurting you, why not let other people do it? So one state after another legalized lotteries,” he says.A similar trend is occurring with marijuana legalization, he argues. “At least 25 states have medical marijuana. Now, voters in other states are looking at them and saying, ‘Well, it isn’t hurting me. Why not?”Some states, however, are holding back, as the Monitor has previously reported – and marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance by the federal government, as are cocaine and heroin. The categorization means it has “no current accepted medical use in treatment in the United States,” in the eyes of the Drug Enforcement Agency.“We in the Commonwealth would be better watching and learning from the case study of Colorado for five or six years, rather than just two,” Sen. Viriato deMacedo (R) of Massachusetts, one of nine senators who went on a fact-finding mission to the Boulder State, told the Monitor in May. The trip opened some senators’ eyes to new complications, from pesticides to safety concerns over popular marijuana-infused “edibles.”“I think if people understand that this not about – ‘Do we want marijuana, yes or no?’ – this is about legalizing an entire industry and people competing about who has the best marijuana,” Sen. deMacedo said. “It’s about money, and I don’t think most people have an understanding of that.”READ MORE: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/1021/Why-is-support-for-marijuana-legalization-hitting-record-heights
Media Release – National Center on Sexual Exploitation 1 November 2017Family First Comment: Boys and men who are victims of sexual assault or harassment are equally deserving of justice and healing as the countless female victims of these abuses. Unfortunately, all too often, research shows that male victims of sexual assault are reluctant to disclose due to stigma, and they are regularly met with disbelief, inadequate resources, and attitudes that only serve to silence themNetflix announced it would suspend production of the sixth season of “House of Cards” until the company has had “time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” following allegations that the shows lead actor, Kevin Spacey, has sexually assaulted numerous male victims over the years.“The allegations that Kevin Spacey may have sexually assaulted several young male victims in the acting and media industries show that #MeToo applies to males too,” said Haley Halverson, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.“Boys and men who are victims of sexual assault or harassment are equally deserving of justice and healing as the countless female victims of these abuses. Unfortunately, all too often, research shows that male victims of sexual assault are reluctant to disclose due to stigma, and they are regularly met with disbelief, inadequate resources, and attitudes that only serve to silence them.”“The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has made a deliberate effort to bring male victims suffering from sexual abuse out of the shadows and make the sexual exploitation of males an issue of serious concern in our nation,” Halverson added. “No person, male or female, should ever experience sexual exploitation.”NCOSE’s research summary on the sexual exploitation of boys and men can be found here.
Charles Flaherty will represent Puerto Rico in the alpine skiing category The Caribbean will be represented by only two nations at the Winter Olympic Games, so get ready to cheer as the opening ceremony gets underway from Pyeongchang, South Korea this Friday, Feb. 9th. Jamaica will compete in the bobsleigh and skeleton competitions while Puerto Rico will compete in Alpine skiing. Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, Carrie Russell and Audra Segree are the first Jamaican women to qualify for the bobsleigh competition at the Games. Jamaica’s women’s bobsleigh team to compete at 2018 Winter OlympicsAnthony Watson is the first athlete to represent Jamaica in skeleton at the Winter Games. He received a late call-up to the competition after several countries declined places for the event. Jamaica’s contingent in South Korea will be completed by Chris Stokes, president of the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation; Leo Campbell, chef de mission; and Dudley Stokes, team captain. Jamaica’s sports minister, Olivia Grange, said she is confident of a podium finish for Jamaica. “I feel that the girls will make the podium,” was the minister’s optimistic assessment. Seventeen-year-old Charles Flaherty is representing Puerto Rico. The Games run from February 9 to 25.