sexual abuse

Many have heard of NXIVM and its creator, Keith Raniere, the unassuming Albany man now prosecuted for ensnaring tens of thousands of people in the US, Mexico, Canada and elsewhere, to do his bidding and pay millions of dollars to participate in his self-improvement methodology. But where did Keith Raniere begin?

Enter Toni Natalie, Keith's Patient Zero, the first one indoctrinated into Raniere's methodology and the first one to escape.

She writes about it in "The Program: Inside the Mind of Keith Raniere and the Rise and Fall of NXIVM." She has written the book with investigative journalist Chet Hardin.  

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are investigative reporters at the New York Times. Their new book is "She Said."

For many years, reporters had tried to get to the truth about Harvey Weinstein’s treatment of women. Rumors of wrongdoing had long circulated. But in 2017, when Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey began their investigation into the prominent Hollywood producer for the New York Times, his name was still synonymous with power.

Nothing could have prepared Kantor and Twohey for what followed the publication of their initial Weinstein story on October 5, 2017. Within days, a veritable Pandora’s box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened. Women all over the world came forward with their own traumatic stories.

Twohey has focused much of her attention on the treatment of women and children, and, in 2014, as a reporter with Reuters News, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. She shared numerous honors for breaking the Harvey Weinstein story, including a George Polk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She joined us.

Aly Raisman is one of the most decorated gymnasts in the world, winning six Olympic medals as captain of the U.S. women's gymnastics team. Now she is using her platform to promote body positivity, being an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, and pushing for systematic change within the world of women's gymnastics.

Her new book is "Fierce: How Competing For Myself Changed Everything."

Aly Raisman will be speaking at UAlbany SEFCU Arena December 3 at 7:30 p.m.

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Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court has a history professor in our region reflecting upon the role of male privilege and entitlement. Vassar College’s Dr. Mita Choudhury is an expert on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the correlations she saw at play during the Kavanaugh hearings.

Psychotherapist Teresa Gil joins us this morning discuss her new book: "Women Who Were Sexually Abused Children: Mothering, Resilience, and Protecting the Next Generation." The book is made up of stories of mothers who survived sexual abuse as children reveal the struggles, challenges, and triumphs of this special group of women.

Unraveling the veil of silence and capturing the experiences of mothers who were sexually abused as children, this book offers a first step in both supporting mothers and disrupting the cycle of intergenerational abuse that keeps these mothers isolated and alone in their mothering challenges and successes.

Teresa Gil, PhD, has been a psychotherapist, professor, and trainer for more than 25 years. She has a private practice working with women, children, and families dealing with recovery from child abuse and trauma. She is a full professor and teaches General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, and Psychology of Women at Hudson Valley Community College.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is seeking a federal Department of Justice investigation into the U.S. Olympic Committee’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against a former team doctor.

Sexual harassment and gender discrimination have been met with a grassroots response in the #MeToo moment. In this climate, WNYC is presenting "Beyond #MeToo," four one-hour conversations focused on what we need to do as a society to remedy widespread sexual harassment.

The four-part broadcast will cover the workplace, corrective responses, how we are raising and educating our children in this environment and how men can play a role in the solution.

The guests and their perspectives will be extremely broad and diverse. Listeners can expect to hear from teens and parents, politicians and artists, corporate leaders and blue-collar workers.

The series will air from January 23-26 at 11AM during the Roundtable next week. Jami Floyd is the Host Of "All Things Considered” for WNYC Radio and will be hosting the first night of four national roundtables called “Beyond #MeToo.” She joins us with a preview. 

The series will air from January 23-26 at 11AM during The Roundtable next week. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A coalition of organizations, advocates, and sex abuse survivors from across New York has kicked off a campaign to extend the statute of limitations in New York for child sexual abuse crimes. The group hopes to convince Republican state senators to support the effort and began Wednesday at the district offices of two Hudson Valley senators.

A mental health worker faces felony and misdemeanor sexual misconduct charges after he was  accused of sexually abusing a patient in Saratoga County.

Michele Goodwin
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Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood’s Women’s Leadership Circle Luncheon takes place tomorrow and Michele Goodwin will be the featured speaker.  

She is Professor at the University of California, Irvine and is the founder and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and its internationally praised for her Reproductive Justice Initiative. She is an expert on reproductive justice, health and human rights and body autonomy. 

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s new book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, is inspired by her time at a law firm in Louisiana working on the retrial defense of death-row convicted murderer and child molester Ricky Langley. She shows how ''the law is more personal than we would like to believe and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.''

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The Emma Willard School in Troy has updated its report issued in April detailing a history of sexual misconduct between staff and students dating back more than 50 years.

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Emma Willard, a private girls’ high school in Troy, is making public a detailed report on past incidents of sexual misconduct on campus. The release of the report comes as school administrators are working to address the issue after news of a scandal involving a former student and employee broke last year.

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In recent weeks, the account of former Emma Willard Student Kat Sullivan has gained national attention. As first reported in the New York Daily News, followed by the New York Times, Sullivan claims that while she was a student at the private school in 1998 she was bound, gagged, and raped by a soccer coach. The two had an intimate relationship at the time.

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A former student of the Emma Willard school in Troy is claiming she was sexually abused by a staff member nearly two decades ago.

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Over the Columbus Day holiday some local schoolgirls opted not to take a day off. They came away from a workshop having learned the most important lesson of their lives.

Saratoga County Sheriff's Office

A Saratoga County couple has been arrested on charges related to allegedly repeatedly sexually abusing two children.

Albany Law School's Pro Bono Program and the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center will hold the 33rd Annual "Take Back the Night" rally against sexual violence today.

    Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal by Michael D'Antonio is an explosive, sweeping account of the scandal that has sent the Catholic Church into a tailspin -- and the brave few who fought for justice.

York Senate leader Dean Skelos says the Legislature is close to a deal on a law to require college coaches, professors and others to report sex abuse. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

The Senate majority leader tells The Associated Press that what's referred to as the Sandusky bill is among the top priorities for the legislative session that ends June 21.

NY Priest On Leave; Abuse Claims Investigated

Apr 16, 2012

A 74-year-old priest is on administrative leave as the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese investigates a sexual abuse claim against him.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The Reverend Jeremiah Nunan was cleared six years ago of allegations that he sexually abused a minor. The Albany Times-Union reports that the diocese announced the new allegations over the weekend.

Nunan is pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Cairo and Our Lady of Knock Mission in East Durham in Greene County.