Since the pursuit of education is one of the most vital parts of healing, empowerment, self-esteem, and independence, many public and private organizations have established scholarships for survivors of crime to help get on the right track to a brighter future. Due to the devastating impact of violent crimes on human development, many victims often suffer from long-term effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiousness, fearfulness, and other disturbing symptoms that make it difficult to function, let alone pursue a degree. Luckily, the following are 25 of the best scholarship opportunities that are available to provide crime survivors with the financial support and resources for recovery in pursuing their dreams.
PHILADELPHIA – An FBI operation focused on combating child sex trafficking around the world resulted in the arrests of 15 suspected pimps and associates in the Philadelphia region, authorities announced Tuesday. Eighty-two minors were rescued and 239 alleged traffickers and their associates were arrested as part of this year’s Operation Cross Country, an annual international crime-fighting effort, according to the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
SICILY – A mother who murdered her eight-year-old son when the boy allegedly discovered she was having an affair with his grandfather has been jailed for 30 years in Italy. Veronica Panarello throttled her son Loris Stival with electrical cables and abandoned his body in a remote gully in Santa Croce, Sicily. Panarello had tried to pretend her son had been abducted, telling police she had taken him to school and that he had disappeared by the time she came to collect him in the afternoon.
The FBI is asking for help finding a suspected serial child abductor caught on surveillance footage. The suspect is wanted for the May 21 abduction of a six-year-old girl in Cleveland and forensic evidence has tied him to the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Elyria, Ohio, in February, the FBI said in a press release. A $20,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.
Social anxiety can be a result of many things, and is often seen in adults or young people who suffered from abuse or bullying as a child. For students with social anxiety, getting a college degree can be a lot more difficult, as for them, simply going to class could be something that makes them feel like having a panic attack. However, along with the right treatment and support, there are many things that you can do in order to make college easier on your social anxiety. Use college to your advantage in order to overcome social anxiety and achieve your college degree.
WISCONSIN – Authorities in Wisconsin are asking for public help to determine the origin of a disturbing video posted online in 2009 that some believe may show a missing girl tied up in a basement. The video, titled ‘Hi Walter, I got a new gf today!’ posted by the user ‘Hi Walter, it’s me, Patrick!’ shows a man talking to the camera about his new girlfriend, then shows a female, apparently bound, in a small bathroom crying. Fifteen-year-old Kayla Berg, of Antigo, vanished a couple of months before the video was posted in 2009.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — A middle school student in Colorado was stabbed in the chest with a pencil during a fight, but the school did not call police or an ambulance. Kyle Nipper was stabbed when he got into a fight with another 6th grader at Carmel Middle School on Friday. The School District released a statement saying his injuries “did not appear to be severe at the time.”
One girl under 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a report by Save the Children released on Tuesday, with girls as young as 10 married off – often to much older men – in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Early marriage not only deprives girls of education and opportunities but increases the risk of death or childbirth injuries if they have babies before their bodies are ready. “Child marriage starts a cycle of disadvantage that denies girls the most basic rights to learn, develop and be children,” said Save the Children International CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — A convicted child rapist will serve 50-100 years in prison. Jonathan Tyrrell, 54, formerly of the 1200 Block of Chestnut Street of Harrisburg, was sentenced today by Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Deborah E.Curcillo. Tyrrell was convicted of Rape of a Child with Serious Bodily Injury; Unlawful Contact with a Minor; and Corruption of Minors after a jury trial in July of 2016. The victim, who was 8 years of age at the time of the rape, described the assault in her testimony at trial. She also relived the aftermath which required her to receive reconstructive surgery at Harrisburg Hospital.
WEST VIRGINIA – An infant is clinging to life, and her mom’s boyfriend is behind bars in association with what authorities are calling the “worst case of sexual assault” that they’ve seen in 20 years. The Dreamin Demon reports that 32-year-old Benjamin Taylor is facing a variety of charges, which stem from the horrifying incident that took place on Monday morning. Police in Ripley, West Virginia say that they became aware of Taylor’s alleged actions when his girlfriend called 911 to report that her infant daughter was unresponsive. The nine-month-old victim’s mother told authorities that she woke up from her sleep to find that the little girl was missing — and so was her 32-year-old boyfriend. It didn’t take long for her to locate the infant, however, but under absolutely terrifying circumstances. The nine-month-old baby girl was found in the basement of the apartment building where the family has been residing. She was reportedly covered in blood and unconscious at the time of the discovery.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado – An Evergreen couple pleaded guilty Monday to child abuse charges for starving their 6-year-old daughter nearly to death. Katherine and Jason Barton will face at least 10 years in prison and up to 24 each after they pleaded guilty to third-degree felony child abuse with serious bodily injury Monday in First Judicial District Court. Court testimony shows the Bartons wouldn’t allow their daughter to interact with other children and that she weighed just 25 pounds when she was taken to hospital in June 2015.
ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — The body of a Rowan County girl who was last seen in November 2011 has been located, according to Capt. John Sifford with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. In August 2016, investigators with the sheriff’s office and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtained information that confirmed Erica Parsons was likely deceased. On Tuesday, Rowan County detectives and special agents with the FBI recovered skeletal human remains of a young girl who was identified as Erica.
KENT, Washington — Police here say a woman who was very late in her pregnancy set herself on fire. She was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where the child was delivered at nearly full term, police say. The infant died shortly after it was delivered. The King County Medical Examiner says the infant lived little more than two hours and died of asphyxia.
HARLEM – A 6-year-old Harlem boy covered in bruises died after being rushed to the hospital by his mother, police said Tuesday. The child’s mother, Geraldine Perkins, had been the subject of five child abuse allegations stretching back to 2010, sources said. But she told detectives her muscle-bound boyfriend, Rysheim Smith, beat little Zymere Perkins with a broken broomstick for defecating in an ice bucket, sources said.
A woman whose father took her virginity when she was just 11 has bravely spoken out about how her ‘life was stolen’ decades after the horrific abuse. Mother-of-one Karen Lockhart, now 57, was assaulted by her father Albert Starkie over a five-year period starting when she was just seven-years-old. She was forced to carry out sex acts on him at Tatton cinema in Manchester at the age of nine and she was abused at the family home in nearby Wythenshawe. After keeping the awful truth hidden for 50 years, Ms Lockhart decided to tell police and Starkie, 80, has now been convicted of child abuse offences.
A wannabe rapper has been charged with having sex with a 12-year-old girl after grooming her on Facebook. Noor Raad raps under the name of Thundah MC and was arrested at his Sydney home in the suburb of Bankstown on Tuesday. Raad was arrested after a tip-off was made to the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad that an underage girl had been procured online for sex.
An 11-year-old boy has become Britain’s youngest male-on-male rapist after he admitted attacking a nine-year-old boy 15 times. The child from Blackpool, Lancashire, was only caught when the victim’s mother heard suspicious whispering on the baby monitor in her son’s bedroom. The boy, who is now 12, also sexually assaulted a seven-year-old boy and then twice sexually assaulted an 11-year-old disabled boy while on bail for the rapes.
LOS ANGELES, CA – A crossing guard at an East Hollywood elementary school was honored on Wednesday for rescuing an 8-year-old girl from an attempted abduction. She may not be very tall, standing at 4 feet 8 inches, but crossing guard Adrian Young used all her might to fight off a woman who attempted to kidnap a child from Alexandria Avenue Elementary School. “The little girl just started screaming, she was like, ‘Please, don’t let her take me, I don’t know her, she’s not my mom,'” said Young. “I just told her to grab onto me as tight as she could, and I held onto her and the lady just began to attack me, so I just thought about attacking her to make sure she can’t take this little girl.”
TOWNVILLE, South Carolina — A teacher and two young students were injured when a 14-year-old allegedly opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday afternoon. 911 dispatchers received the initial call around 1:45 p.m. from a teacher who was in a classroom, reporting an armed male on the campus, officials said at a press conference Wednesday evening. The shooting left a 6-year-old boy in critical condition and undergoing surgery, Scott Stoller, Anderson County’s director of emergency services.
UK – A former Royal Navy chief petty officer and prison guard has been jailed after attempting to meet a nine-year-old girl for sex. Married father-of-three Geoffrey Grimster-Shepherd was caught by undercover police posing as a woman named ‘Tracey’ in an online chatroom – where he detailed how he would like to have sex with her and her stepdaughter ‘Katy’. The 58-year-old was arrested after travelling from his family home in Cornwall to Gillingham in Kent, where he had arranged to meet Tracey in a McDonald’s.
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