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Untangling Gun Violence from Mental Illness

The news often portrays people with psychiatric disorders as a danger to others, when suicide is the much greater risk. After a shooting, once the dust has settled, and the initial shock and panic has abated somewhat, fearful minds begin to cast about for explanations. Given the frequency with which gun deaths occur in the United more »

Rape Culture Starts As Early As Middle School

Earlier this school year, Brock Allen Turner stripped, fingered, mounted, and humped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford University. Earlier this school year, my 11-year-old got her first cell phone. A few months later, the phone rang and a young boy screamed into it, loud enough for me to hear, “I just want more »