Whether it is the fight against cyberbullying or a new movement to help victims of abuse get the help they need, one of the first – and perhaps the most important – steps to take is raising awareness. All stakeholders must be aware of the social movement or the cause for it to be effective. This means reaching out to victims, loved ones, community members, and agents of change in an effective way.
Authorities in China detained a woman suspected of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten run by a US-listed company in a case that has caused nationwide anger. Police in Beijing’s Chaoyang district said in a statement Saturday that an investigation into a kindergarten run by Beijing-based RYB Education has led to the criminal detention of a 22-year-old female teacher on suspicion of abusing children. The statement, posted on the district police account on the Sina Weibo microblog platform, identified the woman only by her surname, Liu—CNN notes Chinese police often don’t provide suspects’ full names—and didn’t provide further details on her. RYB Education, meanwhile, said it was “extremely shocked and distressed” about the crimes the teacher is suspected of committing. The statement didn’t provide details of Liu’s alleged abuses.
PENNSYLVANIA – Police say a 23-year-old woman left her dead newborn child in a bag under the porch of her father’s Pennsylvania home. Authorities say Brittany Robinson was charged Sunday with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and concealing the death of a child. Police say they believe the baby was born alive. An autopsy is set for Monday night to determine the exact cause of death.
A sex offender managed to escape justice for seven years by living among monks on a small, Welsh island. Paul Ashton was arrested for downloading thousands of indecent images of children on to his computer. Police raided his home in Bracklesham Bay, Sussex, and seized his computers and electronic devices for analysis in 2004. Ashton was bailed and police discovered a huge haul of more than 5,000 child abuse images. His address was searched again a few months later and more computer equipment was seized. But Ashton fled his home and failed to answer bail. He remained at large for seven years until 2011, when an anonymous tip-off to Crimestoppers Most Wanted led police to discover him hiding out on Caldey Island.
A couple who embarked on a four-year child cruelty campaign against two children were jailed for a total of 11 years today. Lisa Pratt, 36, and Andrew Clent, 30, from Bampton, West Oxfordshire were convicted of willfully assaulting, ill-treating and neglecting two child victims, who both suffered from physical and psychological harm. Among some of the alleged offences include stopping children using the toilet, force-feeding them and even suffocating a child with a towel until they passed out.
Dr. Mehmet Oz – On today’s show, for the first time ever, Corey Feldman identified one of his alleged abusers: Jon Grissom. Together with our show’s legal counsel, we investigated Grissom, and his background is incredibly disturbing. He’s still a fugitive from justice – if you see him, please notify your local law enforcement.
How would you know a person is “toxic?” What about them or their behaviors would signal to you that they are toxic? For me, a toxic person is someone who makes you feel a way that you are not, who undermines and mistreats you, and who may come across as kind to others and truly is very unkind to you. A toxic person is someone who “infects” (like a disease) your thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behaviors in ways that are not good. They may be envious of you, they may try to limit or undermine you, or they may simply ignore any kind of progress you make. A toxic person can be anyone, even a person with a mental health challenge, a close friend, a confidant, and/or a family member.
TEXAS – A “killer nurse” who may have killed 60 Texas children, was indicted on a murder charge for the fifth time this year. Genene Jones, 68, was charged Tuesday with killing 2-month-old Paul Villarreal in 1981. Jones was serving consecutive 99-year and 60-year sentences in state prison for previous charges — but was slated to get out in March 2018 under a mandatory release law. However, she will now be sent to an adult detention center while she awaits trial on her new murder charges, according to Nico LaHood, Bexar County District Attorney.
GEORGIA – The hammer of justice was about to hit an Atlanta child rapist named Charles Pinckney hard, as his trial was coming to an end. Pinckney, a former Dekalb County, Georgia, corrections officer, was accused of kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl near Christmas in 2016. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pinckney spotted the girl shivering in the cold near an apartment complex. He started talking to the girl and she stated that she was waiting for a friend. According to the teen, Pinckney invited her into his car to get warm and she foolishly accepted. That’s when Pinckney drove her to his home, forced her to take a shower and raped her. After he was done, he took the girl back to the apartment complex he found her at. The teen told her mother, who then took her to the hospital. Doctors at the hospital noted several bite marks on her chest and lacerations near her vaginal area.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Police say a child predator in Memphis is locked up thanks to help from Facebook. Their computer software apparently flagged inappropriate pictures of a child on Facebook messenger and alerted federal and local authorities. A several-months-long investigation landed Zachary Abram behind bars, charged with exploitation of a minor and statutory rape.
A Spring Arbor woman convicted of abusing her two sons faced Judge McBain Wednesday in Circuit Court. She received her sentencing related to the child abuse incidents that occurred in 2014 and 2015. Tina Harbert, 42, was previously found guilty as charged to two counts of Child Abuse in the First Degree. She was sentenced to 5-20 years on each count.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A Texas couple is facing charges after police said an investigation led them to a horrific case of child abuse. According to a court affidavit,the suspected physical abuse came to light on Sept. 19, when a school teacher in Bexar County contacted police and reported seeing bruises on one of the victims at school. When investigators from the San Antonio Bexar County Sheriff’s Office arrived they examined the 5-year-old girl and contacted Child Protective Services.
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A Utah couple have been charged with murder after the mother’s 13-day-old baby boy died after suffering severe abuse and neglect. The West Jordan Police Department confirmed Maria Elena Sullivan, 26, and Dylan James Kitzmiller, 21, were arrested Friday night and charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse. The negligent mother knowingly left her child under supervision of her violent boyfriend who reportedly ‘had thrown the baby around, slapped him in the face, bit his hands, swaddled him face down and once covered the baby’s mouth with his hand as he cried.’
RICHARDSON, Texas – The father of a missing 3-year-old Richardson girl who was later found dead has changed his story of what happened to her. Wesley Mathews was taken into custody on Monday night for injury to a child, a first-degree felony. His bond was set at $1 million. Mathews was previously charged with child endangerment. He told police his daughter Sherin disappeared after he left her by a tree around 3 a.m. on Oct. 7 because she wouldn’t drink her milk.
MICHIGAN – A Sanilac County Circuit judge has granted parenting time and joint legal custody of an 8-year-old boy to a convicted sex offender who allegedly raped the child’s mother nine years ago. Christopher Mirasolo, 27, of Brown City was awarded joint legal custody by Judge Gregory S. Ross after DNA testing established paternity of the child, according to the victim’s attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, who is seeking protection under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25. The case, initially reported on “The Steve Gruber Show,” a Lansing-based radio program, is believed the first of its kind in Michigan and possibly the nation. According to the victim and Kiessling, it was prompted after the county surveyed the victim regarding child support she had received this past year.
Twelve more men have been charged as part of a huge investigation into historical child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. The men, aged between 33 and 38 and mostly from Rotherham, face accusations of rape and indecent assault and bring the number charged under the probe into sex gangs in the Yorkshire town to 21. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the most recent charges related to eight girls under the age of 16, over a five year period from 1998 to 2003. Senior investigating officer, Paul Williamson, said: ‘We have now charged 21 men with over 94 child sexual abuse offences and expect this number to increase as more victims come forward.
A Swedish man is being charged with raping 27 British and North American children after he allegedly forced them to perform sex acts – including bestiality – on camera. The man, in his 40s from Uppland county, allegedly told his victims – young girls from Scotland, the US and Canada – he would murder their families if they did not comply. Swedish prosecutors have charged him with rape despite the lack of physical interaction, due to the way the suspect used blackmail.
Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, group, or organization. It may include false accusations, defamation, slander and libel. It may also include monitoring, identity theft, threats, vandalism, solicitation for sex, or gathering information that may be used to threaten, embarrass or harass.
From fist fights at school to murder and sexual abuse, each year nearly three in four children worldwide experience some form of violence, which has long term health and economic costs, a report said on Tuesday. The study by India-based advocacy group Know Violence in Childhood found that an estimated 1.7 billion boys and girls across the globe suffer mental or physical abuse each year, with children in Africa bearing the heaviest burden. “Childhood violence damages individuals, families and communities in both rich countries and poor,” the group’s co-chair Shiva Kumar told a media briefing, warning of the long-term harmful social, health and economic consequences.