Despite promises of transparency by Gov. Steve Beshear, state officials are refusing to release child-protection records about a man who was convicted of beating his 3-month-old son prior to the mysterious deaths of his two infant daughters. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services won’t release records about Jesse Allison, who is charged in Caldwell County, in Western Kentucky, with murder in the 2009 asphyxiation death of his 7-monthold daughter Ariel. READ MORE HERE
Archive for April, 2012
Charges of sexual abuse against children and teenagers have been made against a Christian commune in Waco, Texas. Homestead House has been upheld as an utopia with wholesome Christian values for thirty years and is well known in the local community. But those who have left the church, which sits in a gated compound of 500 acres, have revealed a dark side to the secretive religious group. READ MORE HERE
SAN DIEGO– Police arrested a San Diego man on Saturday after he said “voices in his head” told him to slice the arms of his 8-year-old son. The 30-year-old man was arrested in San Diego’s Mount Hope Cemetery on suspicion of child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles Times reported. READ MORE HERE
Sexual abuse is one form of child abuse. It includes a wide range of actions between a child and an adult or older child. Often these involve body contact, but not always. Exposing one’s genitals to children or pressuring them for sex is sexual abuse. Using a child for pornography is also sexual abuse. Most sexual abusers know the child they abuse. They may be family friends, neighbors or babysitters. About one-third of abusers are related to the child. Most abusers are men. If you think a child may have been abused, it’s important to report it. READ MORE HERE
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14 children disappearing daily–Figures reveal more than 5,100 youngsters went missing last year
Delhi dangerous – not only for a woman returning alone from a night shift, as the euphemism goes, but more so for children. As many as 14 kids go missing in the Capital daily, which is an alarming eight per cent of the national total for such cases. Released for the first time and disclosed in Parliament, the Union home ministry’s data says 5,111 children disappeared from the city last year. READ MORE HERE
A man who had such a horrible childhood that he was invited to the White House as a symbol of young victims will now go to prison for trying to kill a 10-year-old girl. Adam Croote, 23, of Albany, New York, was sentenced on Friday to at least 25 years behind bars for raping and choking the girl he had been babysitting. As a child, Croote was a poster child for missing children, which led him to meet President Bill Clinton in 1996 at age seven. READ MORE HERE
A video that a school in Massachusetts has fought in court for years to keep under wraps was played in public for the first time this week, revealing the torture of a disabled boy through the use of repeated electric shocks. The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Caton, Massachusetts has for years been pushing back against allegations of flippant use of electric shocks and other abuses against its special-needs students, and it had managed to keep video central to a case brought by one former student’s mother under wraps. Now, the public knows why. READ MORE HERE
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LONG BEACH– The body of a 9-year-old girl was found in Long Beach on Saturday. Police said a young girl was found dead with lacerations to her chest. A man with self-inflicted lacerations was transported to a nearby hospital. The two people involved were a parent and a child, police said. They were believed to be residents of Long Beach. READ MORE HERE
ONAWA, Iowa — A western Iowa woman accused of drowning her 15-month-old son has been formally charged with first-degree murder. The Monona County Attorney’s Office filed the charge against Ashley Cameron, 24, of Onawa on Thursday. She is scheduled to be arraigned May 14. READ MORE HERE
PHILADELPHIA — A young man told a jury in a criminal priest-abuse case Wednesday that he was sexually assaulted as an altar boy by two Philadelphia priests and that he soon turned to drugs for relief. The witness, a policeman’s son, said he started smoking marijuana the summer he turned 11 to deal with the abuse, and has since tried drug treatment 23 times to battle addictions to heroin, painkillers and other drugs. READ MORE HERE
The shamed council boss at the centre of the Baby P case has presided over another child abuse scandal, it emerged yesterday. A damning report into the horrific neglect of ten children in Haringey, North London, blamed ‘wholly dysfunctional’ management at the council department meant to protect them – led by Sharon Shoesmith. READ MORE HERE
WOODLAND PARK — A Passaic County police officer sent a 12-year-old girl explicit photos of himself in uniform and tried to set up a sexual encounter with her, days after meeting the girl while assisting her family in an unrelated police matter, authorities said today. Woodland Park Police Officer Steven Vigorito Jr. pleaded not guilty in Superior Court in Paterson to charges ranging from attempted aggravated sexual assault to luring and enticing a child. READ MORE HERE
The girl, and her 11-year-old brother, suffered a horrific catalog of abuse that included regular beatings with sticks and belts. he had such irredeemably rotten teeth by the end of the ordeal that she still has problems eating, nearly four years on. Even when the boy, who had also been suffering from an untreated ear infection, asked his mother why she was hurting them, she callously replied: ‘Because I feel like it.’ READ MORE HERE
HUNTINGTON BEACH — A 30-year old man has been found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 7-year old developmentally disabled girl. Daniel Vlas Flores, 30, was convicted of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, sexual intercourse, sodomy and sexual penetration of a child 10 years old or younger, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. READ MORE HERE
James Speidel, a 36-year-old Nike executive, cut the gas line outside his home, filling it with natural gas, in an attempt to blow it up with his sleeping wife and children inside. According to The Daily Mail, Speidel’s wife, Laura, 38, smelled the gas in the middle of the night and rushed herself and the four children out of the house. READ MORE HERE
A Ohio woman who was charged for dressing up as a teenage boy in order to have sex with girls is going back to jail. Patricia Dye, 32, a sex offender who was arrested in 2010 for dressing up as a boy and tricking a 16-year-old girl into having sex with her, is going back to jail because she failed to notify the Butler County sheriff about her move to California. READ MORE HERE
A 14-year-old boy was left in critical condition after a fight during a dodgeball game. Preston Hodge, 14, was rushed to the hospital after being beaten up by a bully over a dispute during a dodgeball game in Longfellow Middle School, he suffered from broken cheekbones and severe cuts. READ MORE HERE
Statistics show that over 80% of boys and men do not come forward about abuse out of fear and shame. Patrick Dati was one of those statistics but after years of depression and attempts with suicide he has decided it was time to tell his story.
Patrick is honored to have been working in conjunction with the SAMHSA/ US Department of Human Services sharing his story for their 2012 National Trauma Campaign as a trauma victim who has survived. He is a public advocate and speaker for several anti-child abuse and bullying organizations such as National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse and RAINN-Rape and the Abuse & Incest National Network and now an advisor board member with Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, Inc.
Patrick Dati speaks publicly to stop bullying, to promote education and awareness about the serious issues of child sexual abuse and bullying to break the silence, and create change and action. Patrick Dati lived to finally “break the silence” that plagued him through his life. Patrick was a victim of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy, as one fateful day when Patrick was just a child, he was raped in a public restroom, and threatened to never tell anyone about the assault. This would profoundly affect Patrick’s life and haunted him as he suffered alone with this secret.
Patrick’s world began to spiral downward, and his true inner pain was hidden, as he was able to masque the true pain he was in and kept it hidden from his family and those around him. His life was not his own, and it became apparent that he was not living his own life but the life his family expected him to. After many years of keeping the truth hidden from his family, Patrick finally allowed his family to know that he is gay, and is comfortable with his choices in his life. Patrick suffered sibling bullying due to his “differences” and was bullied at school as a young man.
Years ago as part of my own therapy he put his thoughts and experiences down on paper. He is now working with publishers to get his story out and help support these causes. His mission in life is to help others who suffer and show them it is okAY to come forward. Patrick’s goal is to continue to speak publicly about the issue of bullying and child sexual abuse, and he has had many interviews on major national networks and television stations. Please see Patrick’s website www.youandmecanstopbullies.com for more information or to contact Patrick Dati at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR MISSION: To educate the public on child abuse signs & symptoms, statistics, intervention, reporting, prevention & assist victims & survivors in locating the proper resources necessary to enable & achieve a full recovery.