Family & Society

Sexual violence and family breakdown

Family | Experts contend more sex education won’t fix high rates of forced sex
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 9/20/19, 03:59 pm

Editor’s note: This report contains descriptions of sex and sexual violence.

About 1 in 16 American women report someone forced or coerced them into having sex for the first time, according to a new study published this week.

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The pocket pacifier

Family | Is a mental health crisis among teens tied to their dependence on technology?
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 9/13/19, 02:41 pm

In interviews with 100 girls from ages 12 to 19 and their mothers, author and therapist Mary Pipher heard teens repeatedly say they couldn’t live without their smartphones, but they didn’t like their lives with them, either.

“After an evening online, I go to bed feeling unhappy,” a 13-year-old named Izzie said. “I wonder, ‘What did I do all day long?’ Then I wake up and do the same things the next day.”

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OxyContin maker to pay massive settlement

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/12/19, 11:59 am

The maker of OxyContin agreed to settle claims from 22 states and more than 2,000 local governments for damages in the opioid crisis, attorneys said Wednesday. Purdue Pharma is expected to fork over as much as $12 billion in the largest settlement with a pharmaceutical company in U.S. history. The agreement also requires the Sackler family, which owns the company, to give up control.

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