Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Greenville University graduate who previously worked for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Mary resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. Follow her on Twitter @mbjackson77.

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Abuse in quarantine

Family | With Americans stuck at home, some are forced to quarantine with their abusers
by Mary Jackson
Posted 4/17/20, 04:58 pm

The president of FOCUS Ministries, a Christian nonprofit for victims and survivors of domestic violence, grew concerned when the organization’s phone lines went silent in the days following various statewide orders to stay at home due to COVID-19. “We know from past experience that [victims] are often not OK. … They may be afraid to reach out,” Paula Silva said.

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Topsy-turvy maternity

Family | COVID-19 cancels prenatal appointments and upends childbirth plans
by Mary Jackson
Posted 4/10/20, 05:26 pm

Savannah Horton is 33 weeks pregnant with high blood pressure, but she only has seen her doctor three times during her pregnancy. The Santa Rosa, Calif., mother of four last saw her OB-GYN—and her unborn daughter via ultrasound—at the end of January, two days after California’s first confirmed coronavirus case was announced. Since then, the doctor has either canceled Horton’s prenatal appointments or conducted them over the phone.

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Abuse in isolation

Family | With most of the United States in lockdown, some children are in more danger
by Mary Jackson
Posted 4/03/20, 05:22 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has most families under strict orders to stay at home to protect themselves and others. But for children at risk of abuse, the mandates might trap them with someone who means them harm.

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