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“Pet Vet” Barbie: Your Daughter is Better Than This

A few years ago I made a point to call out Mattel’s Barbie “I Can Be” series (the Barbie doll series that supposedly encourages girls to envision what they can accomplish professionally) for this depiction of a veterinarian: Almost four years later it really hasn’t gotten much better. Then very recently I discovered through friends a reality […]

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An Inconvenient Truth About Pedophilia: It’s a Curse, Not a Choice

A friend sent me this link to a New York Times op-ed on pedophilia, the technical term for the DSM-V, paraphilic mental health diagnosis that describes a person (usually a male), sexually interested only in pre-pubescent children. Apparently, the DSM itself (the “bible” of mental health professionals) will not describe pedophilia as a sexual orientation, but rather a […]

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Copperhead Road: A Novel CopperheadRoad.BookCover

Copperhead Road is a character driven, psychological thriller about the extremities of the human spirit and the power of friendship. As a former special victims prosecutor and a victim of chronic child sexual abuse, there are touches of my personal story in this book, but it’s more an amalgamation of the thousands of cases and brave children I’ve encountered over the years. This book is for them, and every boy and girl still silent, helpless, and alone. Thanks for taking a look.

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