Quebec, Canada – A 79-year-old man is accused of repeatedly raping his three daughters over the course of three decades, took the stand in his incest trial on Friday, admitting to abusing one of the women but denying the other allegations against him. Jacques Lesage, a local businessman and father-of-eight, has been charged with three counts of incest, two counts of sexual assault and one count of indecent assault as part of the high-profile case that rattled the Canadian province. Lesage is accused of sexually assaulting his three daughters between 1971 and 2004, and even having multiple children with one of the victims, who is now a middle-aged woman.
A woman has revealed how she was abused as a child by the man she thought was her father – only to find out that he wasn’t her biological dad when she finally told her mother and the police about the attacks at the age of 22. Natasha Fennemore, now 24, from Bury, was abused by stepdad Steven Green between the ages of seven and 18. Green, now 46, of Derby, assaulted Fennemore in the bedroom of the family home, while her mum Tracey Green, 48, slept nearby, unaware of what was happening to her daughter.
ILLINOIS – An outraged Illinois judge on Tuesday sentenced a 34-year-old woman he dubbed a ‘monster mom’ to 43 years in prison for murdering her 11-year-old daughter with a single punch to the stomach after prolonged abuse. Nicholette Lawrence, of Waukegan, was arrested on September 5, 2014, after her daughter, Raashanai Coley, was found unresponsive at the family’s home on Gillette Avenue and later died. When she was questioned by police, Lawrence admitted that she had punched Raashanai in the stomach two days prior.
Child abuse is a problem that is prevalent in society. School counselors have a legal and ethical duty to report any case of suspected child abuse to the authorities. However, simply transferring child abuse cases to child protection services doesn’t always return the results expected, and children are often stuck in the same abusive situations.
MORGAN COUNTY, ALABAMA – Court documents reveal new details about a Morgan County child abuse investigation and the living conditions at the home. 28-year-old Arik Nathaniel Young and 25-year-old Chelsea Renea Stainforth are the parents of the alleged victim, a 6-month old child. Both are charged with willful abuse of a child. In the affidavit asking a judge to allow the search warrant, a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators wrote there were feces where the child and sibling would play. The investigator also alleges the baby suffered two broken leg bones for at least two days before receiving medical care.
Children experience different types of abuse including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Many of them suffer silently for a long time before their parents discover their pain. In most cases of child abuse, the abuser threatens the child against disclosing his or her acts to anyone. Sometimes abuse comes from a close relative or parent, which makes it difficult for the other parent or relatives to learn about it. However, parents and pediatric nurses can look out for some early signs of child abuse.
AUSTIN, Texas – The reward for Freddie Alaniz, 36, has been increased to $12,500 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of January. Alaniz is wanted for murder, sexual assault of a child. and possession of marijuana. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
DENVER, Colorado — Authorities are asking for the public’s help to find a wanted sex offender. Bruce Earl Feathers, 39, has been convicted of sexual assault charges involving a child twice. He was convicted of sex assault on a child in 1996 and aggravated sex assault on a child in 2002.
DETROIT — A Michigan doctor accused of sexually abusing gymnasts was sued Tuesday by 18 women and girls, the latest legal action over alleged assaults, mostly at his clinic at Michigan State University. The lawsuit against Dr. Larry Nassar, Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and a Lansing-area gymnastics club was filed in federal court in western Michigan. It makes claims of civil rights violations, discrimination and negligence. The Associated Press usually doesn’t name people who allege sexual abuse, but one of the plaintiffs, Rachael Denhollander, 32, of Louisville, Kentucky, talked publicly about the lawsuit. She said she was assaulted by Nassar while seeing him for wrist and back injuries at age 15 in 2000.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — A Utah mother has been charged with child abuse by authorities who say she locked her 12-year-old son in a filthy bathroom without lights for at least one year, leaving him dangerously malnourished. The boy’s father found him in the mother’s house Friday night in the small southeastern Utah city of Toquerville near the state line with Arizona, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Crouse said on Tuesday. Authorities found feces throughout the bathroom, one blanket, a few empty cans of beans and a camera that may have been used to capture what was going on in there, Crouse said. The boy was likely kept in the dark, he said. Investigators found 3 square feet of duct tape mounted on the light switch so it could not be turned on. The door had locks on the outside.
Growing up, children are exposed to many different types of professionals via career fairs, special guests who visit their schools, and even their own parents. Sometimes children are brought directly into fold, with field trips to colleges, such as the University of Maryland and the Franklin Institute. Many of these professionals can have a marked impact on a child’s life, inspiring them to grow up and become highly regarded movers and shakers in the business world. While one-time visits can be extremely influential on a child’s life, mentorship programs have much more staying power. From there, internships and apprenticeships can be established, enabling each adult involved to benefit, just as much as the children they are guiding and leading. For business owners interested in giving back to the community, becoming a mentor is a valuable experience.
Choosing the right school and the right field of study to focus on is more important than ever. Whether you’re trying to acquire a bachelor’s degree or you want to pursue an MBA from the best online MBA schools available today, taking the time to choose a school and major that suits you is a must. A specific specialization will help you perform better as you enter the job market. Employers also value MBA students with specific sets of skills that are aligned with the position they are filling perfectly.
Despite efforts by law enforcement, medical professionals, teachers, families and others to prevent abuse, abuse still exists today and affects the lives of millions of people in the U.S. and worldwide. Abuse comes in all different forms; whether it is physical, sexual, psychological, or even financial, and can happen to anybody, from middle-aged men to elderly women and small children. The more people that we have fighting abuse and raising awareness, letting victims know that it’s okay to speak up and offering them safety, the better we can improve the situation regarding abuse in all forms around the world. We’ve listed some of the best career choices for anybody who’s passionate about standing up to abuse.
CANTON A 46-year-old city man was recently convicted of rape and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. A Stark County jury found Jack P. Shreve guilty of single counts of rape and gross sexual imposition. He was acquitted of a second rape count. Shreve sexually abused the young girl earlier this year, said Daniel Petricini, assistant Stark County prosecutor. DNA evidence and the girl’s testimony led to the conviction, he said. Testifying was difficult and traumatic for the victim, Petricini said. A therapist, police and child sex abuse investigators were also witnesses, he said. The defendant did not testify.
A Clark County woman, who, along with her husband were found guilty of multiple charges, including sexual abuse against children, was sentenced Thursday morning. Tamara Remy was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole to be served consecutively for the multiple charges. Last month a Clark County jury found Remy and her husband Christopher Remy guilty on multiple charges including child rape, child endangering, gross sexual imposition, intimidation of a victim or witness and complicity to rape.
The Gaslighting Campaign has been created to bring international awareness to the complex issues surrounding child poverty, youth offending and abuse. The campaign goal is to create change using dramatic films based on true events. Gaslighting is one of two films to be utilized by our national affiliates for awareness and educational purposes.
MICHIGAN – Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar was too late trying to discard the thousands of incriminating images and videos that mark him as the “worst” kind of danger to society, according to a magistrate judge overseeing his hearings Wednesday. Nassar, 53, will remain jailed on child pornography charges after an FBI agent said at least 37,000 images and videos were discovered in a garbage can outside his home during a search of his property in Holt, Michigan.
DURANT, Oklahoma – Police continue their search for a Durant couple after a child was discovered to be severely abused. Warrants for Jarrod Cothrum, 37, and wife Christina Cothrum were issued last week. According to reports, a toddler was brought to a Durant hospital back in October with several bruises on his face, head and back. Police said the mother told them she had recently had a miscarriage and her husband blamed the child and beat him. Authorities say she told her other children not to talk to police about the abuse or they would be taken away from her.
A sexually abused man who penned a suicide note from a mental health facility about the trauma he endured at the hands of a neighbor has come forward to help other victims. Jason Gustavs was top of the class when he was 13-years-old, until he was sexually abused 500 meters from his home by Andre Hendricks at the 30-year-old’s unit in Cronulla, south Sydney. His life suddenly unraveled, and he spent years in and out of mental health facilities, and committed armed robbery and drug supply.
It was the worst case of child abuse that local officials had ever seen. The death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez became a grim symbol of the failure of Los Angeles County’s child welfare system, prompting criminal charges against four social workers and far-reaching reforms of how authorities oversee abused and neglected children. Gabriel’s mother and her boyfriend were charged with his murder. But far less public scrutiny has been given to the role of L.A. County sheriff’s deputies who investigated Gabriel’s situation in the months before his 2013 death.
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