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Rabbi Arrested for Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On October - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

article-2480445-1915AD2600000578-757_634x589A rabbi accused of sexually abusing boys in New York was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a Jewish community center in Beverly Hills, California. Menachem Tewel, 30, also known as Mendel Tevel, was handcuffed and led away from the JEM Community Center at 9930 S. Santa Monica Boulevard, at around 1.30pm, where he was working a youth worker. He is suspected of abusing four boys between 1995 and 2004 on two counts of criminal sexual acts and one count of sexual abuse. READ MORE HERE

Interview With Christian Choat’s Killer

Posted by Sandra On October - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

article-0-12E8D9A1000005DC-117_306x480A father convicted of keeping his 13-year-old son in a dog cage, torturing him, letting him starve, then burying his body behind the family mobile home claims he’s the only person who ever loved his abused child.  Riley Choate spoke out this week from the Indiana prison where he is serving 80 years for the boy’s 2009 death and claimed he was ‘the fall guy’ for a case for which he claims many people are responsible.  Authorities say the final year of Christian Choate’s life was subhuman. He was subjected to regular beatings, taken out of school, starved and kept locked in a dog cage. READ MORE HERE

Rescued ‘Girl In The Closet’ Who Was Raped, Tortured Speaks Out

Posted by Sandra On October - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

She has revealed how she has endured years of painful memories and problems at school but now just hopes for a ‘normal life’

article-2480156-19154ED800000578-374_306x423Twelve years after Lauren Kavanaugh was found emaciated and imprisoned in a tiny urine-soaked closet, she has revealed her extraordinary strength. Speaking to the Dallas Morning News in a series of powerful interviews, the now-20-year-old shared how she has struggled to gain control of her life after suffering six years of sexual, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather, Barbara and Kenneth Atkinson. ‘I’m hoping one day I’ll be able to have a normal life,’ Lauren, who now lives in Canton, Texas with her adoptive mother, told writer Scott Farwell. ‘Of course, my life hasn’t ever been normal.’ READ MORE HERE

60-YO Former BBC Host Found Guilty of 26 Counts Child Sex Abuse

Posted by Sandra On October - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

article-2481666-1BBC85B9000005DC-796_306x423A former BBC presenter dubbed a ‘predatory pedophile’ has been jailed for 22 years after being convicted of sexually abusing seven boys over two decades. Ex-BBC Norfolk and Radio Clyde broadcaster Michael Souter was found guilty of 26 offences including indecent assault, indecency with a child, serious sexual offences and seven counts of possessing indecent images of children at a trial which finished earlier this month. He was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today. READ MORE HERE

Parents Accused of Starving, Abusing, Drugging 11-YO Disabled Son

Posted by Sandra On October - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Boy found weighing only 30lbs

article-2481516-191BEED200000578-246_306x423A Texas couple have been charged with child neglect for allegedly allowing their severely disabled 11-year-old son to nearly starve to death. The alleged abuse happened in May 2012 when Elijah and Susan Johnson’s son, Nathaniel, was discovered in their home weighing only 30lbs. According to police, the family, which have two other children, were living in a cabin without electricity or running water, ABC13 reported.  READ MORE HERE

Bullies Ripped Part of 8-YO’s Scalp Out Of Her Head

Posted by Sandra On October - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Screen_Shot_2013-10-29_at_9.10.17_AMAn 8-year-old girl was left scalped after being terrorized by bullies at an elementary school in Georgia, her family says. The girl’s grandmother, Dorris Bearden, told WSB-TV that bullies pulled the girl’s hair so hard that a piece of Aolani Dunbar’s scalp was torn off leaving a gaping wound. Doctors say the girl may never grow hair in that part of her scalp again and she may need skin grafts, according to Bearden. READ MORE HERE

Family Friend Charged With Child Grooming, Rape

Posted by Sandra On October - 30 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Man, 37, ran away with girl, 15, after ‘grooming her for years’

article-2480335-1916218800000578-315_634x491The 37-year-old man who ran away with a 15-year-old girl has been charged with sex abuse and faces life in prison, it was revealed today. Robert Messer befriended teenager Emily Lalinksy’s mother, Lisa Schwartz, through their church in Plymouth Township, Michigan and had known the 15-year-old since she was a little girl. Today Lieutenant Cal Lauria told MailOnline: ‘He has been charged on six counts. Count one, Criminal Sexual Conduct in the first degree, which carries life imprisonment. ‘Counts two through five, Criminal Sexual Conduct in the third degree, each count carrying a 15 year penalty and Count six Accosting a Minor which carries a four years.’ READ MORE HERE

Fast Facts On Missing Children

Posted by Sandra On October - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

download (1)Here is some background information about missing children in the United States. There are several different types of missing children: runaways, family abductions, lost or “thrown away,” and non-family abductions. Recent advances in technology, communications through public alerts, and greater cooperation from law enforcement have helped solve many cases quickly. An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year. (NCMECA study published by the Department of Justice in 2002 reported that of the 797,500 children reported missing in a one-year period, 203,900 were abducted by family members and 58,200 were abducted by non-relatives. 115 were classified as being taken by a stranger. READ MORE HERE





The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Missing Children by State

Missing Children – Missing Child Statistics – KlaasKids Foundation

Missing Kids: Statistics – National Criminal Justice Reference Service


Soldier Faces Rape Charges

Posted by Sandra On October - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Soldier charged with child rape for allegedly having sex with 13-year-old

imagesTACOMA — A 47-year-old soldier was charged Monday with second-degree rape of a child for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met online. The defendant, Glen Winans, pleaded not guilty in Pierce County Superior Court Monday.  He was ordered held on $100,000 bail. The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said Winans, while deployed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, met the girl online and engaged in multiple conversations with her. The girl told the defendant she was 15, the prosecutor’s office said. READ MORE HERE

Child Raped, Buried Alive, Digs Herself Out

Posted by Sandra On October - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

13-yo girl dumped in roadside grave by two men after rape 

424262A girl in Pakistan had to dig herself out of her roadside grave after being buried alive by two men after they raped her. The 13-year-old girl from the Punjab province was abducted by two men on her way to Quran lessons, India’s PTI reports. Her father told police about his daughter’s abduction, but they reportedly refused to cooperate with him. After being abducted from her home in a village in Toba Tek Singh district, the girl was allegedly raped in a deserted area. The attackers, believing they had killed her, buried her in a grave on the roadside. READ MORE HERE

$59.7M for Sandusky’s Victims

Posted by Sandra On October - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Penn State to pay Sandusky child abuse victims $59.7m in settlements

imagePenn State said Monday it is paying $59.7m to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The school said 23 deals are fully signed and three are agreements in principle, but did not disclose the names of the recipients. The school faces six other claims, and the university says it believes some of those do not have merit while others may produce settlements. READ MORE HERE

2-MO Infant Dies from Being Shaken

Posted by Sandra On October - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

adam-browne-courtesy-new-london-policeNEW LONDON, CT — A father is accused of fatally shaking his 2-month-old boy and was on suicide watch in a Connecticut prison. Police say 24-year-old Adam M. Browne called 911 from his New London apartment early Friday morning to report that his son was limp and not breathing. While a dispatcher walked Browne through emergency medical procedures, the fire department sent personnel and transported the baby to the hospital. READ MORE HERE

Mia Farrow’s Brother Sentenced

Posted by Sandra On October - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Mia Farrow’s brother sentenced to 25 years in jail for sexually abusing two young boys

article-2379934-1B03DADB000005DC-378_306x423Mia Farrow’s brother was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for the sexual abuse of two young boys over an eight-year period. Businessman John Villiers-Farrow pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse after he was handed down 39 charges for the molestation of the boys who were his neighbors in Maryland in 2002. He pleaded guilty in July so he could get a lighter sentence but has always asserted his innocence. His sentence was suspended for 15 years, which means Villiers-Farrow will spend at least the next ten years in jail. READ MORE HERE

Man Who Raped and Murdered 3-YO Toddler To Be Executed

Posted by Sandra On October - 28 - 2013 1 COMMENT

article-2478494-190B63B200000578-777_306x423Columbus, Ohio will use an untried-dose of two drugs to put to death a condemned inmate who raped and killed his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter, the state prisons agency said on Monday. A warden determined the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility doesn’t have enough pentobarbital, the drug Ohio formerly used until its manufacturer put it off-limits for executions, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said in an email. Instead, the state will use an intravenous combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller, in the Nov. 14 execution of Ronald Phillips of Akron. READ MORE HERE

Violent Man Who Left Child Paralyzed Sentenced to Only 120-Days In Jail

Posted by Sandra On October - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

carlton-lewisMINNEAPOLIS  — A 24-year-old man has been sentenced for abusing a 2-year-old in Apple Valley to the point of being partially paralyzed. On Wednesday, Carlton Lewis plead guilty to felony punishment of a child and neglect. He was then sentenced to 120 days in jail with credit for 56 days served. Police received a report on April 23 that 24-year-old Ashley Marie Roff, and her boyfriend, Lewis, were abusing two girls, leaving bruises on their bodies. READ MORE HERE

Help for Adult Abuse Survivors

Posted by Sandra On October - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

downloadIncreasing public awareness of child abuse through media coverage, documentaries, films, study discussion programs and setting up Child Help lines throughout the world has focused attention on the many children who suffer from the abusive behavior of some despicable adults. The emphasis has been justly directed towards the children and much of the available resources are being poured into the training of social workers, mental health professionals and police to provide effective intervention when childhood abuse is disclosed or reported.

While the concentration of resources and focus on children is necessary and of fundamental importance, it is sometimes ignored by both professionals and the public that children who are currently, or until relatively recently, being abused, will eventually grow up into adults. Those children who have benefited from positive therapeutic intervention may have been able to repair much of the damage resulting from child abuse so that they are able to lead healthy and well adjusted adult lives, but those who were not provided with positive therapeutic intervention, or who never disclosed the secret of the abuse, may remain deeply scarred. The hidden scars of childhood abuse may stay with these victims throughout their lives.

The scars of childhood abuse are often deeply buried, or hidden, and cannot be seen on the surface. They often penetrate deep inside the psyche of the child where they have the propensity to influence and direct behavior both in the childhood and adulthood. This often results in destructive behavior patterns and inhibit the survivor from being able to live a free, mentally healthy or satisfying life. Many survivors feel permanently scarred and damaged by the abuse, and believe themselves to be unable ever to heal from the experiences, much less lead a happy or normal life.  HAVOCA wants to challenge these ideas and provide the help, support and guidance necessary to help victims start their healing journey. HAVOCA believes every victim of abuse can become a survivor, and every survivor has the ability to become a thriver!  READ MORE HERE

Dysfunctional Family Life Hurts

Posted by Sandra On October - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Dysfunctional_Family-1When you grow up in a dysfunctional family, you experience trauma and pain from your parents’ actions, words, and attitudes. Because of this trauma you experienced, you grew up changed, different from other children, missing important parts of necessary parenting that prepare you for adulthood, missing parts of your childhood when you were forced into unnatural roles within your family. For some of you, it has led you to attempt to flee the pain of your past by alcohol or drug use. Others of you feel inexplicably compelled to repeat the abuses that were done to you on your own children or with your own spouse. Others of you have felt inner anxiety or rage, and don’t know why you feel as you do. You were innocent, and your life was changed dramatically by forces in your family you had no control over, and now you are an adult survivor of that trauma. This article will discuss what these families are like, what is the impact of growing up in these families, and what you can do to begin the process of healing. READ MORE HERE


Understanding Dysfunctional Relationship Patterns in Your Family

32 Ways You Know You Grew Up In A Dysfunctional Family

Understanding and Dealing With a Dysfunctional Family

Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families | Psych Central


5-YO Boy Was Murdered

Posted by Sandra On October - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Death of 5-year-old Sun Prairie boy ruled a homicide

526b4307a5b17.preview-300The death of a 5-year-old Sun Prairie boy in a suspected case of child abuse has been ruled a homicide. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the child, who died Thursday, as Brayden Turnbill. Brayden’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy Friday. The Medical Examiner’s Office said additional examinations would continue into next week. “Our police department, along with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, continues to investigate this incident and continues to place extensive resources into the investigation,” Sun Prairie Assistant Police Chief Scott Faust said Friday. READ MORE HERE

Child Killer to be Executed

Posted by Sandra On October - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

n-IRICK-large570NASHVILLE, TN — Tennessee’s first execution in nearly five years — and the first using a new single-drug method — has been scheduled for January. Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter told The Associated Press on Thursday that 55-year-old Billy R. Irick is to be executed Jan. 15. According to the state Supreme Court clerk’s office, the execution order was filed Tuesday. Irick has been on death row since 1986 for the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl. READ MORE HERE

Foster Mom Charged With Abuse, Torture

Posted by Sandra On October - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

meghan-hargress-bannerHUNTSVILLE, AL – The foster mother of three small children has been charged with one count of Aggravated Child Abuse and two counts of Torture and Willful Abuse of a Child after a co-worker alerted authorities. Meghan Calandra Hargress, 28, was booked into the Madison County Jail on Friday morning.  Huntsville Police spokesman Harry Hobbs said she was the foster mother of three small children, two girls and one boy. READ MORE HERE

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