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Nonconsensual Image Sharing Isn’t Pornography — It’s Sexual Assault

In the rapidly changing digital landscape, people are constantly finding new forums and quicker methods of sharing exploitative images of people to a boundless online audience. Survivors of this growing form of exploitation experience share symptoms similar to survivors of physical sexual assault, underscoring the need for more effective strategies to end this abuse.

Ending Human Trafficking through Education and Awareness

As we recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work acknowledges the need for greater public education around the practice of human trafficking in order to help aid the more than 20 million victims who live as modern-day slaves. 

Suicide in Rural America by the Numbers

Between 2001 and 2015, more than 540,000 Americans died from suicide. Although the majority of deaths from suicide occur in urban areas, rates of suicide for rural populations, who face significant barriers to accessing mental health services, have remained higher over the past decade.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Forecast Suicide

What if by using a combination of social science and artificial intelligence, we could learn to identify whether someone is becoming a suicide risk by predicting when they are thinking about it?

Can Physical Barriers Prevent Suicides from U.S. Bridges?

Bridges have always attracted people who want to jump to their deaths. Can social workers and new technologies intervene and help save lives?

Service Members Speak Out on Difficulties of Transitioning to Civilian Life

According to the Department of Defense, about 1,300 military service members, spouses and children transition into civilian communities each day, but the majority of veterans have trouble adjusting to civilian life, which can lead to joblessness, homelessness and untreated mental health conditions.