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A woman said to have been in a vegetative state for at least a decade at a private health care facility in Phoenix reportedly gave birth recently, triggering a police investigation and reviews by state agencies in a situation that the state governor's office called "deeply troubling.'"

No one ever shows up at brunch and says, "Oh my gosh, I was so sober last night!"

Risky behavior draws attention. As a result, people tend to assume that everyone else is doing it more than they really are.

But, over the last two decades, research on college campuses has shown that giving students the real facts about their peers reduces unsafe drinking. This approach is called positive social norms. It works because of a basic truth of human nature: People want to do what others are doing.

The trauma of sexual assault or harassment is not only hard to forget; it may also leave lasting effects on a woman's health. This finding of a study published Wednesday adds support to a growing body of evidence suggesting the link.


Florida Department of Health Secretary Celeste Philip issued an emergency order this week suspending the license of a Tallahassee therapist for alleged sexual misconduct involving a patient under age 18. 

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An administrative law judge Friday recommended that the state revoke the license of a Jupiter-based chiropractor accused of sexual misconduct. 

Jacksonville sexual assault victims can soon go to a new location for forensic exams and other resources. It’s called the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam —  or “SAFE” center and Monday was its ribbon cutting.

On 100 acre stretch of land, seven houses sit in various stages of construction. The exposed, wooden beams are decorated with motivational quotes and Bible verses like, "Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Freedom” from Corinthians.

Florida would no longer issue marriage licenses to couples younger than 18 under bill filed Monday by Republican lawmakers.

A new exhibit at the Jacksonville Library is designed to shine a light on an uncomfortable reality: the prevalence of sexual violence.

“Survive to Thrive: Life Beyond Sexual Abuse” is meant to educate and unite the community around those affected.

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Doctors accused of sexual abuse are allowed to continue practicing medicine in Florida, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Some are even allowed to keep their licenses after they admit to sexual misconduct on a patient, according to an investigation by the newspaper.

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A former psychiatric technician at a Sarasota mental health hospital has been convicted on six counts of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation of juvenile female patients, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

Doctors, Lawyers And Even The Bank Can Help Identify Elder Abuse

Nov 12, 2015
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Elder abuse, which can take the form of sexual or emotional abuse, physical violence and even financial manipulation, affects at least 10 percent of older Americans, according to a review article in the Nov. 12 New England Journal of Medicine.

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Broward County reported more child-on-child sexual abuse incidents in 2014 than any other county in Florida, the

A doctor accused of sexually abusing four women patients at clinics in Melbourne and Daytona Beach should lose his license, the Florida Board of Medicine said Friday.

The board threw out a settlement that would have allowed Dr. Albert Esmailzadeh to keep practicing as long as he didn’t treat women patients. That emergency restriction was imposed in March.

But board members said he shouldn’t be seeing any patients, male or female.

“This is a bad actor, a real bad actor,” said board chairman Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah.   

A Lake Worth family doctor accused of sadistic “punishment therapy” that involved handcuffs, blindfolds, whips and other implements of torture apologized repeatedly to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine, which met in Tampa on Friday. But that was  not enough to persuade board members that Dr. David Simon could safely continue to practice.

The board rejected a settlement that the state Department of Health had negotiated with Simon's attorney. It included a reprimand, $10,000 fine and two years' probation.

The rate of staff sexual misconduct reported at juvenile facilities across the state is about 5 percent, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Justice. As the Miami Herald reports, the highest rate is at the Palm Beach Juvenile Correction Facility, where about 16 percent of juveniles said there was sexual activity with workers. (Editor’s note: Readers may encounter paywall.)

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This week, WUSF’s public affairs show Florida Matters focuses on human trafficking in Florida.

According a local nonprofit organization working to tackle sexual exploitation, Manatee County is one of the worst places in the country for human trafficking.

For six years, the family nanny sexually abused Lauren Book. 

As a survivor, she has made it her mission to prevent other children from being abused. She's walking across the state for the fourth "Walk in My Shoes" campaign. It's a 1,500-mile journey that will end in Tallahassee, where she will press for a new law to help children who have been abused.

A 52-year-old guard who worked at an infamous private youth prison for teens has been arrested after six girls reported he sexually abused them, according to the Pensacola News Journal. The Milton Girls Juvenile Residential Facility, which operated under contract with the state, was closed after a security video showed a staff member slamming a girl against a wall.

The Miami Herald's Carol Marbin Miller reports on the many ways in which the state failed a teen-age girl who was sexually abused by her father, then her grandfather. The state's mental-health contractor wouldn't authorize residential psychiatric care.