University: Where Binge Drinking And Sexual Assault Meet

⋅Today’s College Campus: a Culture of Binge Drinking, Sexual Assault, and Death⋅ We got the call from a national fraternity house at a large university in Florida on a Monday morning after a big home game and the traditional pre-game house bash. The cleanup was bigger and more lethal than the usual pre-game cleanups, which once or twice required a front loader to haul off the mountains of garbage on the lawn. This cleanup required crime-scene technicians wearing Tyvek suits and ventilated respirators—and a van marked “Medical Examiner.” In the entry way of the fraternity house was a large pool of smeared blood with broken pieces of wood scattered in and around it. My partner glanced up to the balcony above and pointed at a broken railing. Someone clearly had been pushed or fell, explaining the pool of blood. Then we were led upstairs to a room whose bed sheets…

Senior Abuse and its Catastrophic Results

⋅Senior Abuse - Helen's Story: The Continuation⋅   Click here to read Part 1 of Helen’s story.   After Helen moved into Pat’s home, Kay went to see Helen every week, and one day, Helen was unusually edgy and finally handed Kay a business card, which Helen had hidden in her Bible, and begged Kay not to tell Pat. “A social worker was here last week asking me if anyone is abusing me, and, of course, I said ‘no.’” “What? You need to tell me everything, Mom. Is anyone hitting you or hurting you in any way?” “No, absolutely not,” Helen replied. “Then why was a social worker here? What else did the social worker say?” “She just asked me if I was okay, what I was eating, if anyone was hurting me.” “Mom, something isn’t right. Social workers don’t just appear out of nowhere. Someone called social services. What…

The Quiet Epidemic of Elder Abuse

⋅Elder Abuse⋅ When we think of domestic violence, we think of a male partner or husband attacking his female partner or wife. But domestic violence also takes other very ugly forms, like adults who abuse vulnerable older adults, or elder abuse. Elder abuse includes sexual abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse, neglect, and physical abuse. All elder abuse is grossly underreported, and financial abuse goes the most underreported of all forms of elder abuse. Helen’s Story - Part 1 When Helen was young, she was a firecracker. She was meticulous about her finances and her home. She was the family’s bookkeeper and a stay-at-home wife even after her children grew up. But she lost interest in everything after losing her husband of 40 years. Her two children lived nearby, but they both worked full time and could not take care of her on a daily basis, and Helen didn’t require that…