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April 16, 2014 - Weekly Roundup Archive


April 16, 2014

  • Trafficked Boys Overlooked
    Still, males remain a largely invisible population within the dialogue on sex trafficking. According to a 2008 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in fact, boys comprised about 50 percent of  sexually exploited children in a sample study done in New York, with most being domestic victims.
    Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
    April 14, 2014

  • 11-year-old boy's suicide attempt part of epidemic
    Eleven weeks later, the brown-eyed boy who should be in school with his peers now stares blankly into space from bed after his suicide attempt left him in a persistent vegetative state.
    USA Today
    April 14, 2014

  • Teen suicide: Adults need to listen to kids, and it's time to talk about the issue
    Suicides, for the most part, remain in the shadows.
    Unless the dead person was famous or the death occurred in a public place, the suicide is seldom noted
    Friends and relatives don't necessarily want to talk about it, even though suicide is the third-leading cause of death among American teens.
    Washington Post
    April 14, 2014

  • Increasing Opportunities for Latino Boys and Men
    When President Obama announced his initiative My Brother's Keeper, one of the main goals was to spur organizations to expand their efforts to focus on resources for young boys and men of color. Across the country, some community groups working with Latino young men are seeing the opportunity to expand their reach after receiving additional funding.
    NBC News
    April 11, 2014

  • My Gay Brother's Keeper
    For a boy or young man of color already struggling with limited economic resources and the daily realities of racism, imagine how difficult it is to also struggle with the realization that one's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression do not conform to the norm. Imagine how few options that boy has if his own family rejects him.
    Huffington Post
    April 11, 2014

  • Black Male Youth: Moving from surviving to thriving [Commentary]
    Now, more than a month after the initiative's announcement, it's time to get to work. So what will it take for boys of color to choose to thrive and not just survive?
    Baltimore Sun
    April 11, 2014

  • The college degree gap: women earned a majority of degrees at all levels in 2012, and the degree gap for blacks is stunning
    For all four degree levels and for all four race/ethnicity groups, women earned a majority of college degrees in 2012. Overall in 2012, women earned 59% of all college degrees, which also means that 142 women received a college degree at some level for every 100 men.
    Carpe Diem
    April 11, 2014

  • An Update on the President's My Brother's Keeper Initiative
    The first phase of the initiative has already begun in earnest and we want to provide an update on our progress to date and a sense of what to expect in the near future.
    The White House
    April 9, 2014

  • Dear Parents, You Are Being Lied To
    In light of recent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine preventable illnesses, and the refusal of anti-vaccination advocates to acknowledge the problem, I thought it was past time for this post.
    Huffington Post
    April 8, 2014

International News


  • Indigenous Elders reeling from suicide deaths
    Aboriginal people now make up 50 per cent of all suicides that take place in the Northern Territory, and 10 to 24 years old males make up 80% of the deaths from suicide. That's up from five percent 20 years ago and, for the Elders, the pain is unbearable, writes Keiren McLeonard.
    ABC Net
    April 15, 2014

  • More teens abstaining from alcohol
    A broad change in drinking behaviour has occurred among Australian adolescents in the last decade. The percentage of Australians aged 14-17 who do not drink alcohol has increased from almost 33% in 2001 to over 50% in 2010, research from UNSW's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) shows.
    Health Canal
    April 10, 2014



  • Mulayam shocks with 'boys will be boys' remark on rape
    Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday landed himself in a huge controversy when he said that it was unfair to award death penalty to rapists for their 'mistakes'. 
    Delhi Daily News, April 11, 2014


  • Health bosses in Denmark, Norway resist calls to ban circumcision
    Resisting calls to ban the non-medical circumcision of boys, the governments of Norway and Denmark have taken steps to preserve the practice's legal status. Norway's health ministry has submitted a bill that proposes placing some limitations and fees on ritual circumcision but not banning it outright, while Denmark's health board issued guidelines stating that the practice is legal.
    April 11, 2014

  • Boys Falling Behind in Norway
    School boys underperform, struggle more with motivation and have a higher drop out rate in Norway, reveals NOVA report.
    The review shows that girls as a group of learners do significantly better at school than boys. This applies particularly in reading, 
    where girls on average is almost one school year ahead of boys, writes VG. 
    The Nordic Page
    April 10, 2014